CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It's time to get your holiday on. From free music by local arts organizations to full-blown concerts, the next two weeks are filled with opportunities to hear live music or see holiday-themed theater.
The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is busy, with concerts this weekend and next.
First up is the Home for the Holidays concert at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Clay Center featuring choir members from the Appalachian Children's Chorus, the Symphony Chorus of Parkersburg, the West Virginia Symphony Chorus and the West Virginia State University Chorus with guest soprano Lisa Vroman.
The audience gets to be a part of it, too, as the symphony will invite them to join along to favorite carols and seasonal songs. Tickets start at $24 for adults and $12 for students and children, available by calling the Clay Center box office, 304-561-3570, or visiting the website at www.theclay
The symphony returns to the Clay Center next weekend for its annual performance of "The Nutcracker" with the Charleston Ballet. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Dec. 14. Tickets start at $27.50 for adults.
Following is a wrap up of other upcoming holiday events:
* The Pocahontas County Opera House will host an interesting twist on a holiday classic with a Sunday performance of "It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play," presented by the Greenbrier Valley Theatre.
The performance benefits the Pocahontas County Family Resource Network's Christmas Project for needy families.
The play was written by Joe Landry and is directed by Cathey Sawyer. Presented as if it were a live radio broadcast, the show features an ensemble of five actors bring dozens of characters to life from the classic movie about George Bailey and his life in Bedford Falls.
Show time is at 2 p.m. Sunday and tickets are $8; children under 17 are free. For more information, call 304-646-9979 or email eve...@
* St. Alban's Alban Arts Center will feature a Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Saturday with local musician and firefighter Matt Poff and Friends. Tickets are $10 or you may bring a new, unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item and receive free admission.
* Donations will benefit the "Fill the Bus!" charity and Christ's Kitchen. The parade immediately follows the St. Albans Christmas Parade. For more information, call 304-721-8896 or visit www.albanartscenter.com.