The West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mitchell Alan Arnold, will present its opening concert of the 2012-13 season on Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Creative Arts Center.

The program is headlined by perhaps the most powerful work of the 20th century: Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 5 in D Minor.” Two songful Preludes from Giacomo Puccini’s first opera, “Edgar,” and Wolfgang Mozart’s sparkling Overture to the opera “The Magic Flute” complete the evening.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre. Tickets are available at the WVU Box Office, by calling 304-293-SHOW (7469), or at the door the evening of the concert.

“The symphony by Shostakovich is an intensely passionate statement about individual artistic freedom in the face of an oppressive, murderous state,” said Arnold, who is director of orchestral studies at WVU. “Every note is imbued with anguish, desolation, a taste of joy, or ultimate triumph.”

The orchestra will take this program on a fall tour of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia in the week following the Sept. 27 performance.


The West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra

Dr. Mitchell Alan Arnold, conductor

Giacomo Puccini, Prelude to Act 1 of “Edgar”

Giacomo Puccini, Prelude to Act 3 of “Edgar”

Wolfgang Mozart, Overture to “The Magic Flute”

Dmitri Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5 in D Minor

The tour is a reflection of the growing status of the WVU School of Music as one of the region’s most important music programs, and of the orchestra as one of the premiere ensembles of its kind in the region.

During the tour, the orchestra will present full-length concert performances at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., on Oct. 3, and at Potomac State College in Keyser, W.Va., on Oct. 4. It will also visit several high schools, offering performances and master classes.

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CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts

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