Stilian's schedule



The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) continues the search for a new music director with conducting candidate STILIAN KIROV performing in Charleston, and Parkersburg, WV. Kirov will lead the orchestra in the iconic Stravinsky Firebird Suite, Borodin’s Prince Igor Overture, and Vaughan Williams’ lush Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. Guest violinist, Martin Chalifour, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will perform the Brahms Violin Concerto.

WVSO President Joe Tackett commented, “We’re excited to welcome Stilian to the podium. He is a world-renowned conductor and his work with the Seattle Symphony is known throughout the industry. We are sure that the energy he brings to the podium will inspire our musicians and entertain our audiences.”

Charleston: Tickets for the performance Saturday, November 12 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 with the WVSO via social media. This concert is part of the Capitol Conference Center Symphonic Series and is sponsored by Jackson Kelly and Thomas Health System.

Parkersburg: The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg tickets can be purchased by visiting or by calling 304.485.4200. Tickets start at $22 and student tickets are $10. This concert is sponsored in part by BB&T WV Foundation and by Highmark Health WV.

Stilian Kirov 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 a guest barista appearance at Taylor Books. For public opportunities to meet Stilian Kirov, 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.



Borodin Prince Igor Overture
Brahms Violin Concerto
     Martin Chalifour, violin
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Stravinsky Firebird Suite (1919)


Subject to change. Please contact Shiva Shafii at 304.957.9881 for media appearances. 

Monday, November 7
10:00 – 11:00 am | Kanawha County String Education Programs
4:00 – 6:00 pm   | Koffee with Kirov – Taylor Books*
     *Join conducting candidate and guest barista for the evening Stilian Kirov for a coffee at Taylor Books on Capitol Street with WVSO musicians performing. Free and open to the public.

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

Wednesday, November 9
7:30 – 8:30 am | Vandalia Rotary Presentation
3:30 – 4:15 pm | Meet and Greet at Edgewood Summit

Thursday, November 10
12:00 – 1:00 pm | Baton, Bites, and Insights (bring your lunch lecture - free and open to the public: Clay Center)
7:00 – 9:30 pm | WVSO Rehearsal – Clay Center

Friday, November 11
4:00 – 6:30 pm | WVSO Rehearsal – Clay Center     
8:00 – 10:30 pm | WVSO Rehearsal – Clay Center

Saturday, November 12
10:30 – 1:00 pm | WVSO Dress Rehearsal – Clay Center
6:30 – 7:00 pm | Pre-Concert Talk

7:30 – 9:30 pm | Concert

Sunday, November 13

3:00 – 5:00 pm | Concert in Parkersburg, WV – Blennerhassett School