733. That’s the number of performances Maestro Grant Cooper has had with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. 733. Let that sink in for a second.
I’ve never attended a West Virginia Symphony Orchestra without Maestro Grant Cooper conducting. They were my first introduction to classical music, and I’m sure I’m not the only West Virginian to say that. From my first Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in 2003, to discovering my love for Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Symphony in 2007, to experiencing the beautiful La Boheme opera in 2009, the WVSO and Maestro Cooper have been there every step of the way in maintaining a high artistic standard and quality for orchestral music in West Virginia.
Maestro began his tenure with the WVSO in 2001, and orchestra has grown tremendously under his leadership. 15 years of excellence, energy, and excitement have gone by and we have been celebrating Maestro’s commitment to the WVSO and West Virginia this season. He announced his retirement earlier this season (September 2015) and on Saturday May 7th, he will be conducting his final official symphonic concert.
In honor of Maestro Grant Cooper’s 15th anniversary, the WVSO asked him to program the concert of his wildest dreams. What will it be? There’s only one way to find out.
Maestro Cooper said of the concert, "The ever-deepening musical relationship I have with WVSO has been one of the joys of my professional life; I believe we have accomplished together much more than the honorable goal of striving for the highest standards of performance. My challenge in programming this concert has been to find a way to acknowledge the enormous breadth of our relationship, not only with the players of WVSO, but with our incredibly supportive public."
Join me this Saturday as we honor and thank Maestro Cooper for his tireless dedication to sharing orchestral music, enhancing quality of life for all West Virginians, and introducing an art form to thousands who would have never experienced it or enjoyed it without him.
Tickets start at only $10 to see Maestro’s 734th performance with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.