West Virginia Symphony Orchestra presents Opening Night Spectacular!


CHARLESTON, W.VA. (09/19/18) –  The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO), begins Our Most Exciting Season Yet! with Music Director Lawrence Loh at the helm and a special guest appearance from fan-favorite pianist, Jon Nakamatsu on Sept. 29 and 30 in Charleston and Parkersburg.

Starting off the show will be a modern composition, Torke’s Javelin, which was performed for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. Nakamatsu returns to Charleston to perform Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on the same piano he helped the WVSO choose during a selection process more than 10 years ago.

“I’m looking forward to opening our 2018-2019 season with WVSO's good friend, pianist Jon Nakamatsu,” said Loh. “I’ve worked with Jon many times in the past and he is as great a musician as he is a human being. His Tchaikovsky will light up the concert hall!”

Tickets for the Clay Center concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 29, start at $12 and are available at wvsymphony.org or by calling 304.561.3570. The Elliot Foundation Symphonic Series concert at the Clay Center is made possible by the generous support of the Elliot Foundation and BrickStreet Insurance.

Tickets for the Parkersburg concert, which begins at 3 p.m. at Blennerhassett School on Sept. 30, are $22 for adults or $10 for students, and are available at wvsop.org or by calling 304.485.4200.

Season tickets for the Elliot Foundation Symphonic Series in Charleston also are still available and start at $112. For more information visit wvsymphony.org or call the Clay Center Box Office at 304.561.3570.

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is West Virginia’s premier performing arts organization, presenting classical, pops, family and chamber-music concerts annually throughout the Mountain State. Currently in its 79th 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.