The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will return to Morgantown for a new series of performances that will expand the WVSO’s statewide reach. The three-concert series will take place in the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre.
“We are so pleased the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra continues its statewide outreach to again include Morgantown and the Creative Arts Center for three concerts this season. We look forward to performances and thank the WVSO for giving our students and our community the opportunity to witness wonderful music,” Paul Kreider, Dean of the WVU College of Creative Arts, said.
In the first Morgantown performance on Oct. 21, conducting candidate Keitaro Harada will lead the orchestra in his live audition to be the WVSO’s next Music Director. Distinguished pianist, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, will join the WVSO to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, and will close out the program with Dvorak’s Lush Symphony No. 8 and Ginastera’s Four Dances from the ballet Estancia. This concert is sponsored by USI Insurance Services, as part of the Capitol Conference Center Symphonic Series.
A local favorite in Charleston, the WVSO will perform Maestro Grant Cooper’s Home for the Holidays on Dec. 5, in order to spread the holiday spirit within the Morgantown community. Timothy LeFebvre, Janet Brown, and Victoria Fatu will join the program as guest vocalists.
The WVSO is excited to also have the Morgantown Children’s Chorus perform. This concert is sponsored by West Virginia Lottery and Mon General Hospital, as part of the ZMM Architects and Engineers Pop Series.
The final performance of the series will take place on April 28, and will consist of the WVSO Spring Tour conducted by Cooper. The program consists of the Ravel’s Ma Mere l’Oye Suite, Stravinksy’s Pulcinella and Mozart’s Symphony No. 36. This concert is funded in part by the Daywood Family Foundation, Herscher Foundation, Jacobson Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and West Virginia Division of Culture and History. A consortium of members of the West Virginia State Bar Association, including Dinsmore, are sponsoring this performance.
“The WVSO is so excited to be growing a presence and return to Morgantown for a second season. The orchestra is bringing the highest quality symphonic and pops concerts, with a focus on engaging with the Morgantown community. I personally can’t wait to hear the Morgantown Children’s Choir return to our stage,” WVSO President Joe Tackett said.
Ticket prices are $25 for general admission. Tickets are free for WVU students and faculty, but they must be redeemed at the WVU Arts and Entertainment Box Office using a valid WVU ID. Residents with a West Virginia Driver’s License will receive $10 off their ticket price but this offer must also be redeemed at the A&E Box Office. For tickets, visit events.wvu.edu or call 304.293.SHOW. For more information on the concert program and series, please visit wvsymphony.org.
The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is West Virginia’s premier performing arts organization, presenting classical, pops, family and chamber-music concerts annually throughout the Mountain State. Currently in its 78th season, the WVSO is a proud member of the community and enriches the region by providing affordable, high-quality concerts, collaborations with West Virginia arts organizations and a nationally award-winning education program.
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