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Emme Cannon

Roanoke Symphony To Perform Here Dec. 4, 2023
Emme Cannon To Be Guest Artist

Covington, VA (Nov. 16, 2023) - A holiday tradition continues on Monday, December 4, as the Alleghany Highlands Arts Council, once again, presents the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra performing its annual installation of musical cheer with its Holiday Pops concert. The concert is slated to begin at 7:00 pm at Curfman Hall in Covington Middle School, 606 S Lexington Avenue in Covington.

"This is always our biggest event of the season," said Arts Council Executive Director Tammy Scruggs-Duncan, "So many people start their holiday with this event that it wouldn't feel like Christmastime without it."

The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra has been appearing through the Arts Council since the 1950s and has always been an audience favorite. The program will feature classical and contemporary songs of the season, a rocking Santa, and the traditional sing-along medley of familiar carols and Christmas songs.

As always, Music Director and conductor of the RSO, Maestro David Stewart Wiley, will lead his skilled and talented group of musicians. He also performs for tens of thousands yearly in New York as Music Director and conductor of the Long Island Orchestra. He has been named Roanoke’s Citizen of the Year for his service above and beyond his acclaimed work with the RSO. He has also received a Distinguished Music Educator Award from Yale University in partnership with Roanoke City Public Schools. He has been a recipient of the Perry F. Kendig Prize for service to the arts and is a Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary International.

This year’s guest artist is vocalist, Emme Cannon making her RSO Holiday Pops debut. A native of Roanoke, she is equally comfortable performing pop ballads in musical theater roles, classical favorites, and alternative music.

The Roanoke Times glowingly described her “hypnotizing voice and delivery.

Ms. Cannon recently graduated from Boston’s acclaimed Berklee College of Music, where she studied Contemporary Writing and Production and Songwriting. She has performed with complete symphonies & bands in New England, including tribute concerts to Lady Gaga, Beyonce, and many other contemporary stars.

The Holiday Pops is supported by a Touring Assistance Grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and a generous grant from the Alleghany Foundation.

Tickets for the event are $25 for adults and $10 for students and are on sale at the Arts Council website www.Arts4AllAlleghanyHighlands.com. They can also be purchased at the door at Covington High School that evening. The box office will open that evening at 6:15 pm, and auditorium doors will open to general seating at 6:30 pm. The public can acquire more information by calling 962-ARTS (2787).
David Stewart Wiley


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