D&E hosting radio concert

ELKINS – Davis & Elkins College is one of just three sites to host a live performance of West Virginia Public Radio’s classic “Bob Thompson’s Joy to the World” featuring Heather Masse.

The jazz-themed holiday show will take place on Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium.

Advance tickets are available by calling the D&E Box Office at 304-636-1255 or online at www.dewv.edu/arts-entertainment. Prices are $15 or $20 depending on seating location.

Now in its 21st year, “Joy to the World” is an annual live performance holiday jazz program hosted by pianist Bob Thompson and produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

In addition to Thompson and Masse, the show features saxophonist Doug Payne, guitarist Ryan Kennedy, bassist John Inghram and drummer Timothy Court.

Thompson is a regular member of NPR’s internationally distributed radio show “Mountain Stage.” He also has a distinguished solo career as the leader of the Charleston-based Bob Thompson Unit.

Masse, a vocalist, has performed on “Mountain Stage” as a member of both The Wailin’ Jennys and Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing.

She trained at the New England Conservatory of Music as a jazz singer and has shared the stage with some of the world’s most acclaimed pop, classical and jazz acts, including Elvis Costello, Wynton Marsalis, Sheryl Crow and the Boston Pops Orchestra.

She has been a frequent guest on “Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion,” both as a solo performer and as a member of The Jennys.

Masse’s latest release, “Lock My Heart,” is an album of jazz standards and originals with legendary pianist Dick Hyman.

An annual tradition that regularly sells out the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, “Joy to the World” is a seasonal program that features timeless Christmas classics and holiday favorites plus a few charming surprises, recorded in front of an audience of joyful jazz lovers.

In addition to Elkins, the show will be performed and recorded in Charleston and Morgantown. The “Joy to the World” radio program featuring music from all three concerts will be broadcast in December 2014.

This year’s production support is provided by in part by The Dominion Foundation, the West Virginia Lottery and Spilman, Thomas & Battle.

For more information, please visit the D&E website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.