Concerts and Tickets
RACHEL BARTON PINE TO OPEN WVSO SEASON
The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will host a free Labor Day concert at 7 p.m. Monday in the auditorium of Woodrow Wilson High School in BeckleyThe annual event is sponsored by the Beckley Area Foundation. The concert will feature “Country Roads,” as well as works by Respighi, Tchaikovsky, and John Williams. The New River Youth Symphony students will join the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra for a finale, performing John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” - See more at: http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140828/DM01/140829287/1281#sthash.9FhOhsZ4.dpuf
The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will host a free Labor Day concert at 7 p.m. Monday in the auditorium of Woodrow Wilson High School in BeckleyThe annual event is sponsored by the Beckley Area Foundation. The concert will feature “Country Roads,” as well as works by Respighi, Tchaikovsky, and John Williams. The New River Youth Symphony students will join the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra for a finale, performing John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”
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On September 19 and 20, 2014 at 8 p.m., the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra performs the first concert of its 2014-2015 season. This performance marks the official 75th Anniversary of the first rehearsal of WVSO’s parent organization, the Charleston Civic Orchestra, which took place on September 19, 1939.
Guest artist, Rachel Barton Pine will join the WVSO to perform Samuel Barber’s Concerto for Violin, a piece renowned for its beauty.
The Orchestra will also perform Richard Strauss’ boastful and brass-heavy Don Juan, which was inspired by Lord Byron’s poem about the famous roué, Don Juan and his many conquests. The concert ends with two of Maurice Ravel’s most soothing works, Mother Goose Suite and Daphnis et Chloe.
"It is thrilling to be able to celebrate the exact 75th birthday of our wonderful WVSO on the opening night of our new season. September 19, 1939 marked the very first rehearsal of the Charleston Civic Orchestra. I cannot imagine a program that could better testify to the incredible virtuosity of our WVSO, featuring orchestral showpieces by Richard Strauss and Maurice Ravel. In between, we will present a fabulous American violinist, Rachel Barton Pine, who is a firm friend of the orchestra, having played with us both on our Clay Center stage as well as on tour throughout the state," Maestro Grant Cooper, said.
September 19 & 20, 2014
Strauss: Don Juan
October 17 & 18, 2014
Smetana: Overture to the Bartered Bride
November 9, 2014
Andrew and Amy Vaughan Student Symphonic Fellowship
Three Young Musicians Selected as Fellows
Jacob Bumgarner, Pete Nichols, and Jonathan Shin have been selected as the Student Symphonic Fellows in the Andrew and Amy Vaughan Fellowship Program through the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO). These students were selected following interviews and auditions on Saturday, December 7, in Charleston, WV.
Bumgarner, junior at South Charleston High School, studies piano and is active in competitions through the WVMTNA. Bumgarner plays piano for his church and local community events. He is also a member of the Black Eagle soccer team.
Nichols, junior and percussionist at Capital High School, plays in the Cougar marching, jazz and concert bands, and the percussion ensemble, as well as in the WV Youth Symphony.
Shin, violinist from Capital High School, is a sophomore who is active on several Cougar sports teams. He plays principal viola in the West Virginia Youth Symphony, and participates in musical festivals and competitions throughout WV.
Donald Forman and Haleigh Frail have been selected as a student interns in the program. Forman is a junior in the George Washington High School band where he plays clarinet. Additionally, he plays bassoon for the WV Youth Symphony. Frail, sophomore at Capital High School, plays both clarinet and violin at school and in the WV Youth Symphony.
As part of their Student Symphonic program activities, students sit on stage alongside WVSO musicians in different sections of the orchestra during rehearsals and meet renowned guest artists during the second half of the symphonic subscription series. They conduct personal research about the music being performed by the WVSO.
Sponsored by Dr. Andrew and Amy Vaughan for twelve consecutive years, this program continues to develop and encourage WV high school students in pursuing a career as professional musicians, educators, composers or conductors of the future. This monitored and time-intensive training program for serious music students remains a unique program among orchestras throughout North America.
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