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Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Dazzles with Holiday Offerings

For Immediate Release

David A. Crane, Executive Director
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Dazzles with Holiday Offerings

~from sizzling pops to beloved traditionsall sure to make your season bright ~

November 9, 2022 | Roanoke, Virginia

Holiday Pops ConcertThe Valley’s holiday season officially kicks off December 2nd at the Salem Civic Center where over 200 performers will take to the stage for Roanoke Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops! Under the direction of Conductor David   Stewart Wiley and featuring vocalist Janinah Burnett, the Roanoke Symphony Chorus will harmonize with the Virginia Tech University Choir and Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir for a captivatingly euphonious adventure, undergirded by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and magnified by a soulthumping performance by the Radford University Highlanders Pipes & Drums. Featuring such favorites as Mary Did Your Know, My Favorite Things, and Joy To The World, this can’tmiss beloved annual holiday event is the perfect segway into the most delightful of seasons.

Holiday Pops! | Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30PM | Salem Civic Center
David Stewart Wiley, conductor | Janinah Burnett, featured vocalist

RSO Chorus, Virginia Tech University Choir & Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir

Holiday Brass ConcertUnder the direction of Jay Crone, the Roanoke Symphony Brass Holiday Brass performance will dazzle and delight the audience in the warmly intimate, yet surprisingly expansive Cave Spring United Methodist Church on Friday, December 9th. Featuring a wide range of holiday favorites, from Arcangelo Corelli’s elevating Christmas Cantata to selections by Duke Ellington, the evening will be filled with memorymaking moments, sure to sweeten the season.

Holiday Brass | Friday, Dec. 9 at 7PM | Cave Spring United Methodist Church
Roanoke Symphony Brass Jay Crone, leader

Handel's Messiah ConcertFew beloved seasonal performances approach the soulstirringly inspirational heights and contrasting solemnity of Handel’s Messiah. Join the Roanoke Symphony Chorus and Roanoke Symphony Virtuosi, under the direction of conductor David Stewart Wiley, on December 13th in the picturesque Parkway Church on the Mountain for Handel: Messiah: Part One, “Christmas” and “Hallelujah” chorus. Under chorusmaster John Hugo, be enraptured by the
spinetingling renditions by soprano Adelaide Trombetta, alto Samantha Miller, tenor John Hugo, and bass Wayne Kompelein.

Be forewarned. This exhilarating performance may only last a single evening, but the upliftingly familiar refrains will pursue you throughout the season.

Handel’s Messiah | Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 7PM | Parkway Church on the Mountain
Roanoke Symphony Chorus & RSO Virtuosi | David Stewart Wiley, conductor


Founded in 1953, the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra is the largest orchestra in Virginia west of Richmond, and the oldest continuously operating professional symphony in the state. Under the baton of Music Director & Conductor David Stewart, the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra celebrates its mission to enrich lives, to educate, and to entertain diverse audiences in western Virginia with the highest quality instrumental and choral music. More can be found at

The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra is partially supported by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and The Secular Society.