The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 24, 2013

W.Va. Symphony to perform at Carnegie Hall


LEWISBURG — Carnegie Hall presents the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra “Home for the Holidays” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5.

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 ninth 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.

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, Vroman is a frequent guest soloist with theater/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, 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.