West Virginia Symphony’s holiday shows, led by Luke Frazier

Posted on: November 29, 2021

“A Parkersburg native will be the guest conductor of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra for its holiday shows,” reads an unsigned article in Saturday’s (11/27) News and Sentinel (Parkersburg, WV). “Luke Frazier will guest conduct the symphony for its festive holiday concert, ‘Sounds of the Season,’ on Dec. 3, 4 and 5…. The … holiday show showcases the symphony with vocal numbers, dance performances…. 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, who was a contestant on the television show ‘The Voice,’ Rayshun LaMarr and violinist Regino Madrid…. President Joe Tackett [said], ‘Luke Frazier brings a fun, new perspective to our holiday show.’ … Frazier started The American Pops Orchestra in 2015 to present popular and classical music in innovative ways…. 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.’ ”