WVSO ANNOUNCES ITS MOST EXCITING SEASON YET!

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CHARLESTON, W.VA. (4/16/18) – The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) unveiled its new 2018-2019 season that includes an all-American performance featuring country music legend Lee Greenwood, Bugs Bunny and friends set to live music, and a new City National Bank Casual Classics Series that takes orchestral music inside two stunningly beautiful Charleston churches.

“This is our most exciting season yet,” said WVSO President Joe Tackett. “We are offering more concerts, a great mix of classic orchestral music featuring some outstanding guest soloists as well as the music of Frank Sinatra and our hugely popular holiday concert. We are very excited to have Music Director Larry Loh on board for his first full season with us.”

Series subscription sales, which range from $96 to $495, begin this week. Single ticket sales start Aug. 1.

 Lisa pegher, percussion

Lisa pegher, percussion


The Elliot Foundation Symphonic Series kicks off Sept. 29 at the Clay Center. The WVSO’s Opening Night Spectacular features guest pianist Jon Nakamatsu playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and includes WVSO performances of Torke’s Javelin and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.

The Nov. 17 concert at the Clay Center, A Percussive Surprise, includes Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet and a special performance of Richard Danielpour’s “The Wounded Healer” Percussion Concerto written especially for guest percussionist Lisa Pegher. Pegher has been described as “more than just a drummer.” She is “an alchemist of time, sound, and space, crafting visceral landscapes that penetrate the ears and mind.”

On Jan. 12 at the Clay Center, guest violinist and Astral Artist Nikki Chooi will return to the WVSO to play Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor during its Something Old, Something Blue concert. The WVSO will also present Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D Major and Jennifer Higdon’s blue cathedral, one of the most popular contemporary orchestral compositions by a living American

 gabriel cabezas, cello and astral artist

gabriel cabezas, cello and astral artist

The WVSO’s fourth symphonic concert, NINE!, brings the voices of area choruses together with the WVSO to perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, along with guest cellist and Astral Artist Gabriel Cabezas, who will play Camille Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1 with the orchestra. During this March 23 concert at the Clay Center, the WVSO will premiere a special arrangement by American composer Gary Fry being written especially for the WVSO and the Appalachian Children’s Chorus.

Twin pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton will dazzle Clay Center audiences with a May 4 performance of Mozart’s Double Piano Concerto in E-flat Major. Rounding out the WVSO’s final symphonic concert of the season, Double Treble, are performances of Shostakovich’s Festive Overture in a side-by-side performance with the West Virginia Youth Symphony, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10.

New this year is the WVSO’s City National Bank Casual Classics Series, which builds on the success of last year’s Go For Baroque concert at First Presbyterian Church in Charleston in which the WVSO featured the church’s exquisite organs. Once again, the WVSO will perform music perfectly suited to the venue on October 13 as guest organist Bradley Welch performs Poulenc’s Organ Concerto. Performances of Schubert’s Rosamunde Overture and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 will complete the WVSO’s Pipe Dreams concert.

 emily levin, harp

emily levin, harp

On February 23, the WVSO’s My Harp Will Go On concert will feature guest harpist and Astral Artist Emily Levin performing Ginastera’s Harp Concerto at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Charleston. This intimate setting is the perfect space for the other two pieces the WVSO will perform: Rossini’s Italian in Algiers Overture and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4: “The Italian.”

The ZMM Architects & Engineers Pops Series kicks off Oct. 20 with Lee Greenwood: Salute to America, a special SuperPops concert at the newly renovated Charleston Civic Center. This special concert features some of Greenwood’s most famous songs, including God Bless the USA, and offers special VIP seating and hospitality tables on the arena floor.

Guest conductor Michelle Merrill will return to the Clay Center on Dec. 8 for the WVSO’s celebrated holiday tradition, newly renamed Sounds of the Season, which will offer a selection of fun, holiday favorites, and, of course, a visit by Jolly Old Saint Nick.

 tony desare

tony desare

On Feb. 9, guest soloist Tony DeSare will join the WVSO at the Clay Center in performing some of Frank Sinatra’s most beloved tunes. In this critically-acclaimed tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes, the WVSO will deliver a fresh take on old-school classics like Fly Me to the Moon, The Summer Wind, and My Way.

The ZMM Pops Series concludes April 13 with a celebration of some of the most beloved cartoons in the world and equally famous classical music with Bugs Bunny at The Symphony. The WVSO will play live music as the hilarious antics of Daffy Duck, Road Runner and Tom and Jerry, just to name a few, play out on the screen overhead.

To order your subscription, call the Clay Center box office at 304.561.3570 or visit wvsymphony.org.

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APRIL CONCERTS FEATURING ERIK RALSKE ON FRENCH HORN

CHARLESTON, W.VA. (3/27/18) – The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) invites families across West Virginia to hear it perform a classic with special guest Erik Ralske, principal horn for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York.

 Erik Ralske, French horn

Erik Ralske, French horn


Led by Music Director Lawrence Loh, Ralske will join the WVSO in Charleston and Morgantown in April in performing Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-flat Major, AV 132. The WVSO will also perform Johannes Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 side by side with the West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra in Morgantown and with the West Virginia Youth Symphony in Charleston. Rounding out the program will be performances of Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 in Eb Major, Op. 82.


Before becoming principal horn for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2010, Ralske performed as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic in New York, Europe and South America. He also played for the Houston, Vancouver and Florida Symphony Orchestras. While in Morgantown, Ralske will present a master class for students at WVU. Opportunities for the WVU Symphony Orchestra and the youth symphony to perform side-by-side with the WVSO also provide invaluable educational experiences to rising young musical talent in the Mountain State.


The Morgantown performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, at WVU’s Creative Arts Center. Students and faculty with a college ID are admitted free. All tickets are $25, and can be purchased at wvsymphony.org or by calling 304-293-7469.West Virginia residents with a valid driver’s license receive $10 off each ticket.


The Charleston performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia. Tickets start at $12, and can be purchased at wvsymphony.org or by calling 304.561.3570.


As a special offer to residents in and around Huntington, the WVSO will provide a ticket and transportation to and from the Clay Center for $30, which includes an en-route concert talk by WVSO Principal Clarinet Bob Turizziani, and a pre-concert reception. For more information contact Amanda McDonald at 304.957.9880 or at amcdonald@wvsymphony.org. The bus is sponsored by The Herald-Dispatch.


Support for the Capitol Conference Center Symphonic concert titled “Northern Lights” is provided by the Maier Foundation, Triton Construction, Webb Law Centre and Huntington Bank.


The WVSO 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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NEW HUNTINGTON BUS SERVICE TO APRIL CONCERT AT CLAY CENTER

 Erik Ralske, French horn

Erik Ralske, French horn

CHARLESTON, W.VA. (3/14/18) – The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) invites Tri-State residents to take a bus-ride to Charleston on Saturday, April 14, to hear the WVSO perform Brahms, Sibelius and Strauss with guest artist Erik Ralske on French horn.

This special $30 offer includes transportation to and from the Clay Center in Charleston, an en-route concert talk by WVSO Principal Clarinet Bob Turizziani, a pre-concert reception, and a ticket to the “Northern Lights” concert led by WVSO Music Director Lawrence Loh.

The WVSO will perform Brahms’ Academic Overture with the West Virginia Youth Symphony, Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 2 with Ralske, and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5. Ralske is Principal Horn with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and one of the country’s premiere horn players.

The bus will begin loading at 5:15 p.m. at the 5th Street Park & Ride stop in Huntington and departs at 5:30. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m.; the performance at 7:30 p.m. Package reservations can be made by calling Marketing Director Amanda McDonald at 304.957.9880 or by email at amcdonald@wvsymphony.org

 

WVSO President Joe Tackett said the WVSO plans to offer this package deal at least twice a season, perhaps more, depending on interest.

“We hope that by leaving the driving to us, music lovers can enjoy the transformational power of live orchestral music without the headaches of getting to Charleston and back home on their own,” Tackett said. “Having Bob join riders to talk about the music that will be featured in the concert is an added plus.”

Support for this concert is provided by The Herald-Dispatch, the Maier Foundation, Triton Construction, Huntington Bank, Webb Law Centre, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The WVSO 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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