ELKINS - During this busy season, the United Way of Randolph County invites everyone to slow down and listen to the music - and a great way to do that is with the family Christmas Concert with John Angotti and Friends. The event is slated for 3 p.m. Sunday at the Elkins High School auditorium.
This year Angotti's tour, "Welcome Home for Christmas," offers a variety of Christmas classics and new originals focused on the holiday season. Angotti said the concert will offer seasonal favorites with a spin and a few original tunes.
"This will be a great afternoon featuring secular and sacred songs," Angotti said. "We will bring it all together under one umbrella we call Christmas."
The United Way of Randolph County presents a Christmas Concert with John Angotti and Friends at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Elkins High School auditorium.
Angotti said when he was a youngster he did not envision himself as a musician.
"My mother was a music teacher and always tried to instill music in our lives at an early age," Angotti said. "I was one of four adopted children, and each one of us ended up with a unique musical gift."
Angotti, who grew up in Clarksburg, said he considers Elkins his second home.
"My wife, Tracy Hopwood Angotti, grew up in Elkins," Angotti said. "I lived in Elkins for a couple of years and have been in and out of the area many times to visit family and friends."
Elkins Fordland is the event's headline sponsor.
"We hope folks will take time before the beginning of the Christmas season and attend this concert," United Way of Randolph County board member Gary Clay said. "This is great family entertainment and a wonderful way to start the
Angotti is a full-time music missionary who travels throughout the world providing inspirational music and faith witness to all ages through concerts, workshops, retreats, missions, conferences and worship. He said he hopes folks will take time to come out and support the United Way.
"We get caught up in the craziness of the season," Angotti said. "We are here to help one another and we need to remember why we are present on this earth. We must remember to love one another and help each other - we need to become better in the way we treat one another and treat everyone with the respect and dignity they deserve.
"The United Way of Randolph County is a great organization that helps many others," Angotti said. "The core of our music ministry is to help other people and make people aware of those in need."
Tickets for the event are available at the United Way of Randolph County and at the door. Admission is $15 for adults and $7.50 for children 12 and under. More information is available at 304-636-0516.
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