Frazier to conduct West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in Parkersburg performance
PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg native will be the guest conductor of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra for its holiday shows.
Luke Frazier will guest conduct the symphony for its festive holiday concert, “Sounds of the Season,” on Dec. 3, 4 and 5 in Lewisburg, Charleston and Parkersburg, respectively.
The concert features classic selections such as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Deck the Halls,” “Silent Night” and “The Christmas Song.” The innovative holiday show showcases the symphony with vocal numbers, dance performances and an appearance from Father Christmas.
In addition to the classics, this year’s show brings several talented guest vocalists and dancers to the stage with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the West Virginia State University Chorus and the Symphony Chorus of Parkersburg.
Guest artists include popular Broadway and opera stars Nova Payton and Luke Hawkins, Deepa Johnny, Rayshun LaMarr and violinist Regino Madrid.
“The WVSO is thrilled to welcome Luke Frazier to lead us for this year’s Sounds of the Season performances,” said President Joe Tackett. “He brings a fun, new perspective to our holiday show, and we always look forward to working with West Virginia-born artists like Mr. Frazier.”
The symphony will perform 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg. Support for the Carnegie performance is from the James F.B. Payton Fund. Tickets for the concert start at $37 and are available at carnegiehallwv.org, at the door or by calling 304 645-7917.
The concert on Dec. 4 in Charleston is made possible by the support of ZMM Architects and Engineers, Truist and the West Virginia Lottery. Tickets for the Charleston concert start at $19 and are available at wvsymphony.org, at the Clay Center Box Office or by calling 304 561-3570.
The symphony will perform “Sounds of the Season” 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Blennerhassett School in Parkersburg. Hosted by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra of Parkersburg, tickets for the concert start at $25 for adults or $10 for students and are available at wvsop.org, at the door or by calling 888 699-8767 (MYWVSOP).
Frazier started The American Pops Orchestra in 2015 to present a popular and classical music in innovative ways to bring new audiences into the orchestral world. Most recently, American Pops Orchestra has been featured in more than 12 national broadcasts on PBS with programs ranging from American Roots to a complete re-imagining of the musical “Wicked.”
Artists include Midori, Patti Labelle, Joshua Bell, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Josh Groban, among others, have joined the orchestra sharing orchestral music with audiences across the country, free of charge.
The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is West Virginia’s premier performing arts organization, presenting classical and pops concerts throughout the Mountain State. The symphony is in its 83rd season.