The West Virginia University Chamber players, a faculty ensemble conducted by Mitchell Arnold, will perform in Charleston, W.Va., on Wednesday, Dec. 4, for a concert featuring the music of Igor Stravinsky, Benjamin Britten and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. at Cavendish Hall, located at 207 52nd St. in Charleston. The concert is free and open to the public.

The program, performed with stunning virtuosity, consists of Igor Stravinsky’s “Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) Suite,” Benjamin Britten’s exuberantly youthful “Sinfonietta” for 10 players, and the vibrant “Capriccio Espagnol” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, also in an arrangement for 10 players.

“It is a great pleasure to make music with such fine musicians as my colleagues from WVU,” said Arnold, director of orchestral activities at WVU, where he also conducts the WVU Symphony Orchestra.

“Our faculty performers bring great nuance, virtuosity, and feeling to all the wonderful twists and turns in this exciting program,” he said. “We eagerly anticipate the opportunity to bring these musical jewels to the Charleston audience.”

The WVU Chamber Players consists of some of the finest musicians in the state of West Virginia and surrounding regions. This concert marks the beginning of the ensemble’s second season. Last year the WVU Chamber Players performed in both Pittsburgh and Morgantown. Later this season the ensemble will perform in Morgantown and Wheeling.

The ensemble consists of the following musicians:

Nina Assimakopoulos and Alyssa Schwartz, flutists; Cynthia Babin Anderson, oboist; John Weigand, clarinetist; Lynn Hileman, bassoonist; Virginia Thompson and Jennifer Presar, hornists; John Winkler, on trumpet/cornet; H. Keith Jackson, trombonist; Mikylah Myers McTeer and Diego Gabete, violinists; Andrea Houde, on viola; William Skidmore, on violoncello; Andrew Kohn, on double bass; James Miltenberger, pianist; George Willis, percussionist; and Mitchell Arnold, conductor.

For more information, call the Cavendish Hall office at 304-348-4830.



CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts

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