CHARLESTON, W.VA. (9/18/19) - Students across the state are invited to explore the animal kingdom through classical music as the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) presents Symphonic Safari, a Young People’s Concerts written especially for children.

On Oct. 22 in Charleston and on Oct. 24 in Clarksburg, WVSO Music Director Lawrence Loh will lead the WVSO in performing works by Elgar, Strauss, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rossini and others. MazeToons Illustrator Joe Wos will draw cartoons of some of our favorite creatures as they are projected onto a large screen behind the orchestra. Supplemental classroom materials for these special concerts that bind classical music with other school subjects also are available online at WVSOKids.org.

The Charleston performances begin at 9:45 a.m. and 11:35 a.m. at the Culture Center at the Capitol Complex. The Clarksburg performances begin at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at The Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center.

Admission for students is $4. One school chaperone for every 10 students is admitted free. Admission for all additional adults is $4.

Financial assistance for transportation or admission costs is available upon request thanks to generous support from the Clay Center, Daywood Foundation, EQT Foundation, Herscher Foundation, Jacobson Foundation, Katharine B. Tierney Charitable Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and the West Virginia Department of Arts Culture and History.

Reservations can be made at WVSOKids.org or by contacting Betty King at (304) 957-9878 or bking@wvsymphony.org.

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 80th 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.