The National Symphony Orchestra of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is headed to WVU’s Creative Arts Center next April as part of the Orchestra’s 2010 American Residency in West Virginia.

The stop in Morgantown, one of seven concerts during the Residency, will be on Wednesday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theater.

“I am thrilled that West Virginia’s Division of Culture and History has created this wonderful residency with the National Symphony Orchestra for us,” said Bernie Schultz, dean of the College of Creative Arts. “This residency will benefit our citizens in many ways, especially through the educational opportunities which it will open.”

The Residency was announced in Charleston on Thursday (Dec. 3) by Gov. Joe Manchin III.

Between April 5 and April 13, 2010, the members of the Orchestra will participate in approximately 150 education and performance activities throughout the state.

There will be a total of seven Orchestra concerts in the state, in addition to the one at the CAC, including a Young People’s Concert at the Clay Center in Charleston, as well as concerts in Wheeling, Glenville, Huntington and Princeton. Dozens of educational and outreach activities are being planned, including chamber music performances, in-school ensembles, lectures, workshops for teachers, and more.

The repertoire for the full Orchestra concerts will include Three Dance Episodes from Leonard Bernstein’s “On the Town.” Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 (“Prague”), and Dvoř�k’s Symphony No. 8. These programs will be led by the NSO’s Principal Conductor Iv�n Fischer.

All proceeds from any ticket sales resulting from performances of the National Symphony Orchestra during the American Residency remain within the state to support local arts organizations.

West Virginia’s Division of Culture and History is coordinating all Residency activities, and the Appalachian Education Initiative, the West Virginia affiliate of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, is coordinating education and outreach programs.

Since 1992, the American Residencies have been held in a different state each year and are sponsored in part by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Since 2006, the chamber music and outreach performances have been supported by the Kennedy Center’s Abe Fortas Memorial Fund for chamber music and by a major gift to the fund from the late Carolyn E. Agger, widow of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas.

In addition to the performances in West Virginia, the Orchestra will invite up to six high school students to Washington, D.C., to participate in its Summer Music Institute next June, and will award a Teacher Fellowship to one West Virginia teacher. Finally, the NSO will commission a chamber work from a West Virginia composer.

To date, more than 2,000 educational, performance and outreach events have taken place in more than a dozen states as part of the American Residencies and approximately 385,000 people across the nation have attended American Residency events.

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