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


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.