WVSO Presents Maestro's Fantasia

15 years of Excitement, Energy, and Excellence with Maestro Grant Cooper

Saturday, May 7 at 8:00 pm | Charleston, WV – Clay Center
Sunday, May 8 at 3:00 pm | Parkersburg, WV – Blennerhassett School

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 Grant Cooper has been with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) since 2001, and on Saturday, May 7, 2016, he will be conducting his official final symphonic concert. He announced his retirement on September 19, 2015. The WVSO has grown tremendously under his artist leadership, and Maestro’s Fantasia will honor Maestro’s 15 years of excitement, energy, and excellence brought to the WVSO.

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."

Free and open to the public, bring your lunch to the Clay Center stage during the noon hour on Friday, May 6th and join us for an intimate panel discussion with Maestro Cooper and David Williams for Where Music Meets the Humanities: History, Theory, and Philosophy of Maestro Cooper’s Favorite Works. The lecture will repeat in Parkersburg on Sunday, May 8th at the Blennerhassett School in Parkersburg, West Virginia at 1:30 pm. This project is being presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Tickets for the Charleston performance on Saturday, May 7 range from $10 - $60 and can be purchased by visiting wvsymphony.org 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 share their concert experience via social media with the WVSO.

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg performance will be on Sunday, May 8th at the Blennerhassett School. Tickets start at $20, and student tickets are $10. They can be purchased by visiting wvsop.org or by calling 304.485.4200.

Maestro’s Fantasia  is part of the Capitol Conference Center Symphonic Series and is sponsored by The Elliot Foundation.