CHARLESTON, W.VA. (04/08/16) – The search is on! The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra announces the 2016-2017 season and conductor finalists who will audition to become West Virginia’s next Maestro!

President Joe Tackett said of the process, “The search committee was overwhelmed with the response of applicants. We heard from conductors around the world who knew of the level of artistry the WVSO has obtained with Maestro Cooper. Next season will be an incredible experience and we want to get everyone's opinion on the candidates!”

Be part of the search in the Capitol Conference Center Symphonic Series and help us find the missing piece! 6 finalists out of the 167 candidates in the world-wide search have been carefully selected to conduct each of the symphonic concerts in the 16-17 season and will be accompanied by a variety of renowned instrumentalists.


The ZMM Architects and Engineers Pops Series conducted by Maestro Grant Cooper includes a dynamic range of programs. Kicking off the Pops season on October 8th will be the Wizard of Oz Live with the orchestra accompanying film playing on screen.  An annual tradition, Home for the Holidays in December will feature the best of Maestro Cooper’s holiday arrangements. Journey through the 60s with the WVSO performing a catalogue of Beatles’ hits in Sgt. Pepper in March and take the Country Roads home in May in a tribute to country hits!

Special events next season include the annual favorite, The Nutcracker with the Charleston Ballet in December and an exciting new concert in collaboration with the Clay Center, Video Games Live!. Immerse yourself in the most popular video games of all time with the power of a live orchestra.

Subscription and Single Ticket information
Performing in Charleston, WV at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, 2016-2017 Grand Series subscriptions range in price from $195 to $495; Capitol Conference Center Symphonic Series subscriptions range from $112 to $327; and ZMM Pops Series subscriptions from $96 to $240. New single ticket prices now range from $10 to $65 and include the WVSO “Tweet Seats” section where the audience is encouraged to interact with the WVSO via social media during the performance. Tickets for The Nutcracker start at $12 for children and $24 for adults. Single tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 15, 2016 and can be purchased online at wvsymphony.org. By popular demand, start time for all Charleston concerts will be at 7:30 pm. For more information on season tickets, please call 304.957.9880. Artists, programs and prices are subject to change.

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.



Full Season Schedule and Repertoire - upcoming

Past Events in 16-17 season