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CHARLESTON, W.VA. (11/14/16) – What’s the holiday season without Maestro Grant Cooper and his elf boots in Home for the Holidays? The holidays officially begin with the WVSO’s annual concert that’s always a family favorite!

West Virginian composer, Matthew Jackfert has composed an arrangement of the classic, “I Saw Three Ships” that will premiere under Maestro Grant Cooper’s baton. Guest soloists Tim LeFebvre and Janet Brown will return to the WVSO stage, and will be joined by local vocalist and pianist, Victoria Fatu.

“Christmas is very much "that special time of the year," especially when we can celebrate the richness of our community as the WVSO performs music specially written for our concerts around the state.  Our WVSO holiday concerts are not duplicated anywhere in the world; each one is uniquely crafted to showcase the talents of our singers and instrumentalists, as well as our composers: both Matt Jackfert and David Williams are contributing new works for the 2016 edition of "Home for the Holidays."  I can't wait to share this music with you!” said Maestro Grant Cooper.

Lewisburg: The Home for the Holidays tour begins in Lewisburg, WV at Carnegie Hall. Tickets can be purchased by visiting carnegiehallwv.com and start at $22. Performance begins at 7:30 pm.

Charleston: Home for the Holidays in Charleston will be a large collaboration between the WVSO and choruses that include the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Parkersburg Symphony Chorus, West Virginia State University Chorus, and the Capital High School Voices in Perfection. Tickets for Charleston’s performance begin at $15 and can be purchased by visiting wvsymphony.org or by calling the Box Office at 304.561.3570. $15 “Tweet Seats” are also available in the second balcony where the audience is encouraged share their concert experience with the WVSO via social media. Concert begins at 7:30 pm. Home for the Holidays in Charleston is part of the ZMM Architects and Engineers Pops series and is sponsored by City National Bank and West Virginia Lottery. 

Parkersburg: The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg will be joined by the Parkersburg Symphony Chorus and West Virginia State University Chorus. Tickets can be purchased by visiting wvsop.org or by calling 304.485.4200. Tickets start at $22 and student tickets are $10 for the performance beginning at 3:00 pm. This concert is sponsored by WV Medicine and Camden Clark Medical Center.  

Morgantown: Home for the Holidays in Morgantown will be joined by the Morgantown Children’s Choir on December 5th at 7:30 pm in the WVU Lyell B. Clay Theatre. Tickets are $25 for general admission. Students and faculty from any school with school ID can receive free tickets and must be redeemed at the WVU Arts and Entertainment Box Office. Residents with a West Virginia Driver’s License will receive $10 off their ticket price but this offer must also be redeemed at the A&E Box Office. For tickets, please visit events.wvu.edu, call (304)293.SHOW, or visit the WVU A&E Box office to redeem the discounts. The Morgantown Series is a collaboration between the WVU College of Creative Arts, the WVU School and Music, and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Home for the Holidays in Morgantown is part of the ZMM Architects and Engineers Pops Series and is sponsored by West Virginia Lottery and Monongalia General Hospital.

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is West Virginia’s premier performing arts organization, presenting classical, pops, and chamber-music concerts annually throughout the Mountain State. Currently in its 78th season, the WVSO is a proud member of the community and enriches the region by providing affordable, high-quality concerts, collaborations with West Virginia arts organizations and a nationally award-winning education program.