CHARLESTON, W.VA. (10/6/16)


The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) continues the search for a new music director with conducting candidate KEITARO HARADA performing in Morgantown, Charleston, and Parkersburg, WV. Harada will lead the orchestra in Dvorak’s lush Symphony No. 8 and Ginastera’s exciting 4 Dances from Estancia. Guest pianist, Antonio Pompa-Baldi will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

WVSO President Joe Tackett commented, “We’re excited to welcome Keitaro Harada to Charleston. Not only will he grace our podium, but also meet our community in a variety of events. I’m particularly looking forward to his presentation at the Vandalia Rotary and sampling his bartending skills at The Boulevard Tavern.”

Morgantown: 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 or call (304)293.SHOW. For more information on the concert program and series, please visit This concert is a collaboration between the WVU College of Creative Arts, the WVU School and Music, and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. 

Charleston: Part of FestivALL FALL! Tickets for the performance Saturday, October 22 begin at $10 and can be purchased by visiting or by calling the Box Office at 304.561.3570. $10 “Tweet Seats” are also available in the second balcony where the audience is encouraged to share their concert experience via social media with the WVSO.

Parkersburg: The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg tickets can be purchased by visiting or by calling 304.485.4200. Tickets start at $20 and student tickets are $10.

Keitaro Harada will be fully immersed in Charleston during his stay the week prior to the concert, with many free and open to the public opportunities for the community to engage and interact with him. He will meet with different constituencies including musicians, board, staff, the West Virginia Symphony Chorus, the West Virginia Youth Symphony, Kanawha County String Education programs, media, different Rotarian groups, and also be a guest bartender at the Boulevard Tavern on Tuesday, October 18th. For public opportunities to meet Keitaro Harda, please visit for the full week’s schedule. 

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is West Virginia’s premier performing arts organization, presenting classical, pops, 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.


Dvorak Symphony No. 8
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3
      Antonio Pompa-Baldi, piano
Ginastera 4 Dances from Estancia

October 16-23, 2016
Subject to change. Please check for updates.

Monday, October 17
3:00 – 4:15 pm  |  Edgewood Summit Presentation
7:00 – 7:30 pm |  West Virginia Youth Symphony Rehearsal – Horace Mann Middle School
8:00 – 8:30 pm |  Visit WV Symphony Chorus Rehearsal – Christ United Methodist Church

Tuesday, October 18
10:00 – 11:00 am | Kanawha County String Education Programs Visit (contact for exact time and location)
8:00 – 9:30/10:00 pm | Conducting Cocktails with Keitaro – The Boulevard Tavern*
*Conducting Candidate Keitaro Harada will serve as a guest bartender at The Boulevard Tavern as a part of the Tavern’s Mini-Benefit Series. A violin duo, Sean Neukom and John Lardinois, from the WVSO will perform nontraditional music including fiddling, rock, and pop. This event is open to the public, with donations of any amount benefitting the WVSO. 

Wednesday, October 19
7:30 – 8:30 am | Vandalia Rotary Presentation
4:00 – 6:30 pm | WVSO Rehearsal – Clay Center                 
8:00 – 10:30 pm | WVSO Rehearsal – Clay Center

Thursday, October 20
12:00 – 1:00 pm | Baton, Bites, and Insights (bring your lunch lecture - free & open to the public: Clay Center Stage)
4:00 – 6:30 pm | WVSO Rehearsal – Clay Center                 
8:00 – 10:30 pm | WVSO Rehearsal – Clay Center

Friday, October 21
7:30 – 9:30 pm | Concert in Morgantown, WV – WVU Creative Arts Center

Saturday, October 22
6:30 – 7:00 pm | Pre-Concert Talk
7:30 – 9:30 pm | Concert in Charleston, WV – Clay Center

Saturday, October 23
2:00 – 2:30 pm | Pre-Concert Talk
3:00 – 5:00 pm | Concert in Parkersburg, WV – Blennerhassett School