Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Q&A with WVSO Guest Vocalist ; Baritone Steven Stull Returns to W.Va. Perform at Home for the Holidays

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Q&A with WVSO Guest Vocalist ; Baritone Steven Stull Returns to W.Va. Perform at Home for the Holidays

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WANT TO GO?

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra presents Home for the Holidays

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Clay Center

TICKETS: $10, $20, $30, $45 and $60

INFO: Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org

Details for the WVSO other holiday performances can be found at wvsymphony.org

It wouldn't be the holidays without some carefully laid plans going awry for somebody. This year, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra ran into trouble when their guest vocalist, Division of Culture and History commissioner Randal Reid-Smith, bowed out due to illness. The commissioner, a professional opera singer, was scheduled to perform with the WVSO for their "Home for the Holidays shows this week in Lewisburg, Morgantown, Charleston and Parkersburg. It could have spelled catastrophe for the popular holiday show, which comes to the Clay Center Saturday night, but Baritone Steven Stull was asked to fill in. The Charleston Gazette- Mail spoke with Stull about covering for the commissioner and why symphony regulars may be getting used to his face.

Q: So, how many times have you performed as a guest of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra?

A: We just finished 66. I did eight concert performances of Grant's [Conductor Grant Cooper] piece "Boys in the Wood, his version of "Little Red Riding Hood. We did four shows in Charleston, two in Parkersburg and two in Morgantown.So, by the time the holiday pops show are finished, that will be 70.

Q: Have you worked with Grant Cooper before?

A: I knew him before he came to West Virginia. I sang with him a few times when he was working with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and the Syracuse Symphony in New York.We've worked together a lot - obviously, the 70 times in West Virginia - but we actually recorded "Boys in the Wood and then toured it with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra to all these schools in New York. …

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