Friday's concert will mark Stull's 40th performance with the West Virginia Symphony. He most recently performed with the group this spring in a concert of Mahler songs. He also appeared on its "Home for the Holidays" recording and its newly released "Tales from the West Virginia Hills."
Some of his other recordings include "The Pulse of an Irishman," Irish and Scottish songs arranged by Beethoven, and "Opera Cowpokes," opera stars performing classic country western songs. His video production "Opera Cowpokes Alive!" was broadcast on public television.
Last week, Stull performed the Grinch role with the newly formed Symphony Syracuse.
"It's the whole Dr. Seuss story," he said. "I read the narration from the book. The orchestra will play all of the cartoon version music, and I'll read from the Dr. Seuss text.
"The great part is that I get to sing 'You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.' It's such a fun piece."
While he won't wear a full costume for the role, he said he will don a green hat and scarf "to give a little green-ness to the Grinch."
The concert marks the opening of the 2011-2012 Pops Series. It will feature more than 200 chorus members from the Appalachian Children's Chorus, Parkersburg Symphony Chorus and the West Virginia Symphony Chorus. In addition to Stull, 10-year-old soprano Hannah Peterson of Kanawha City will perform.
As part of the performance, audience members will be called upon to sing along to their favorite carols and seasonal songs. A visit by Santa is expected, as well.
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