Carnegie Hall presents the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra “Home for the Holidays” on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Hear your favorite holiday music complete with the special touches and unique arrangements only the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra can provide. Always a favorite, “Home for the Holidays” is an unforgettable celebration of the season.
The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is West Virginia’s premier performing arts organization, presenting more than 50 concerts annually to audiences throughout the Mountain State. The Symphony’s home is the world-class Maier Foundation Performance Hall at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston. Grant Cooper, artistic director and conductor of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, began his duties as the 9th conductor in the WVSO’s history in 2001. His educational music is an eclectic blend of modern and established styles with interactive participation of the audience, a compositional style that reflects his belief that orchestral music is a living, vital, and relevant part of our society, able to be appreciated by all.
Joining Maestro Cooper and the Orchestra will be guest soprano, Lisa Vroman. Ms. Vroman starred for several years on Broadway as Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera. As Christine, she garnered Theatre Critic’s awards for the role in a record breaking run in San Francisco, and did a return engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Recently, Vroman starred as Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella, making her New York City Opera debut with Paul Sorvino in the title role. Her Broadway debut was in Aspects of Love, and she is the first to play both Fantine and Cosette in Les Miserables.
With a repertoire that ranges from Stravinsky to Weill to Broadway, Ms. Vroman is a frequent guest soloist with Theatre/Opera companies and Orchestras including San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, National, Hong Kong, Cleveland, Pacific, Utah, Dallas, and the Boston Pops (Keith Lockhart) and Peter Nero and the Philly Pops. She has also sung on separate occasions for Queen Elizabeth, former President Bill Clinton, and former Vice President Al Gore. From Broadway to Classics, on stage and in concert, Lisa Vroman has established herself as one of America’s most versatile voices.
This year find your holiday cheer at Carnegie Hall with the WVSO. Arrive early at 6:45 p.m. and enjoy food and beverage in the Mainstage Lounge, hosted by City National Bank. Admission to Mainstage is $5 per person. Call the Hall at 304-645-7917 for more information or to purchase tickets, or buy online at www.carnegiehallwv.org.
Carnegie Hall’s 2013-14 arts programming is presented with financial assistance from the WV Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts and the following sponsors: Headliner sponsor the Hamilton Family Foundation, Daywood Foundation, Greenbrier County Commission, Hollowell Foundation, One Foundation, Uncle Larry’s Fund, Gov. Tomblin and WV Legislature, City National Bank, The Pinnacle Group/Tony Mamone, CBS 59, Carnegie Hall Foundation, Carnegie Hall Guild, Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, S. J. Neathawk Lumber Company Inc., The General Lewis Inn, Sarah and Jim Umberger, Workers United MARJB & 863, Mike and Judy Campbell, Casasanta, Harvey and Naomi Cohen, Mary Laub Cowan, Colonial Ford/Hyundai, Dinsmore, EvriChart, Greenbrier Technologies, James H. Harless, Eugene and Annie Jeffus, Cindy and Bob Jones, Levine Family Foundation, Paul and Ann Moran, REV III LLC, BB&T, Doug Bicksler, CPA, Elizabeth Blatt, Vivian Conly, Michael and Sharon Cope, Mike Donahue Management, Edward Jones/Katie Eads, First National Bank, First Energy Foundation, Frontier Communications, Libby and Greg Johnson, MeadWestvaco, Marie G. Nickell, Josh and Judith Polan, Dr. and Mrs. Tom Potterfield, Richmond & Company, CPA, A.C., Stroebel & Johnson, David and Pam Wigglesworth, Wolf Creek Gallery, Yarid’s, Cheryl and Michael Adelman, Lois H. Cole, Polley and Bill Cunningham, Ann and Larry Davis, Greenbrier Home Inspections, Greenbrier Valley Urology/Joe Moshy, Chris Hall/State Farm Insurance, Mrs. E.D. Knight, Mary and Paul Lindquist, Bob and Jill Modlin, Red Oaks Shopping Center, Suzanne Perilli Hancock, Arnold and Lynn Brody, Donald Chadwick, Country Road Realty, LLC, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas O. Dotson, Robert 7 Laurel Doherty, Edith’s, Bob Foster and Mary Leb, Greenbrier Medical Arts Pharmacy, Swan James, Dr. Jane A. Johnson, Carol and Allan Olson, R & V Pranulis/Wolf Creek Printery, Robert C Byrd Clinic, James and Rosanne Shupe, Studio 40/Mary Chappell, Wyon Wheatley, Mark Blumenstein and Terry Wontrobski.