CHARLESTON, W.VA. (9/29/16) –  The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) will be returning to Morgantown, West Virginia for the second year in the new Morgantown Series expanding the WVSO’s state-wide reach. A three-concert series will take place in the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre. Morgantown audiences will get to experience the excitement of conducting candidate Keitaro Harada’s live audition in October to become WVSO’s new music director, and celebrate the 16th season of artistic excellence with Maestro Grant Cooper.

WVU College of Creative Arts Dean, Dr. Paul Kreider said on the collaboration, “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.”  

Opening the Morgantown series on October 21 will be conducting candidate Keitaro Harada, who 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 closing out the program will be Dvorak’s lush Symphony No. 8 and Ginastera’s exciting 4 Dances from the Ballet ‘Estancia’. Part of the Capitol Conference Center Symphonic Series, this concert is sponsored by USI Insurance Services.

A classic favorite and sell-out in Charleston, WV, the WVSO will be taking Maestro Cooper’s Home for the Holidays to spread the holiday spirit with the Morgantown community on December 5th. Timothy LeFebvre, Janet Brown, and Victoria Fatu will join as guest vocalists on the program. The WVSO is excited to also have the local Morgantown Children’s Chorus perform. Part of the ZMM Architects and Engineers Pops Series, this concert is sponsored by West Virginia Lottery and Mon General Hospital.

Closing out the series on April 28th will be the WVSO Spring Tour conducted by Maestro Grant 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 series. 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.,” said WVSO President Joe Tackett.

Ticket prices are $25 for general admission. Students and faculty from any school with school ID can receive free tickets and must be redeemed at the WVU Arts and Entertainment Box Office. 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, please 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.