To keep the music evergreen, Cooper said some of the songs have new arrangements and for this year, they've added the theme from the holiday movie "Home Alone," to the repertoire.
As in years past, they also have a guest performer. This year, it's soprano Lisa Vroman, who has worked with Cooper several times over the years.
"She's a bona fide Broadway star," Cooper said. "She has played Christine for many, many years in 'Phantom of the Opera' on Broadway, as well as cin various touring productions. She has an amazingly versatile voice, which can run from Broadway to jazz to classical singing."
Cooper said he more or less signed Vroman for the shows during the Christmas season last year. For the last few years, Vroman and Cooper have been part of a holiday show with the Pasadena Pops -- Cooper conducts, and Vroman sings.
"But Lisa wasn't going to come back for this year," he said. "So, I invited her to come to my home for the holidays, so to speak."
Cooper said the show is more than about just the music. It's about being part of the community the symphony serves.
"That's a very important element," he said. "We're celebrating our community. That's the most important thing to bring across. For this show, we're utilizing our community as much as possible."
This year, four local chorus groups will perform with the symphony: the West Virginia Symphony Chorus, the Parkersburg Community Chorus, the Appalachian Children's Chorus and the WVSU Chorus.
Cooper said, "A lot of the music I've written is especially for our singers and our orchestra so that we can feature everybody to their fullest potential."
The choruses, Cooper said, have put in a lot of work in preparation for these shows and sound wonderful.
"As for us, we're a well-oiled machine," he said. "We play the notes in front of us, and we play them at the highest professional level."
He promised it would be a great holiday show.Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.