The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 12, 2014

WVSO continuing anniversary season

By Cody Neff
Register-Herald Reporter

— The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) is continuing its 75th anniversary season with an exciting lineup of concerts for serious symphonic music listeners, pops lovers, and families alike.

This year’s season theme is Discover Your Symphony, which unites the community, region and state to explore the incredible world of symphonic music.

The Capitol Conference Center Symphonic Series continues Jan. 24-25, as the WVSO presents Sibe-lius’ Symphony No. 1 and guest pianist Valentina Lisitsa performs Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15.

On Feb. 28 and March 1, WVSO presents The Mary Price Ratrie Legacy Concert with Beetho-ven’s Symphony No. 3 (Eroica) and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto featuring guest violinist Korbinian Altenberger of Astral Artists.

The series closes May 2 and 3, with Orff’s Carmina Burana with Janet Brown, soprano, Gerald Gray, tenor, Paul Kreider, baritone, the Appalachian Children’s Chorus, Fairmont State University Chorus, West Virginia Symphony Chorus and the West Virginia University Chorus. The concert also features Char-leston native Matthew Jackfert’s On the Shores of Qingdao and Modarelli’s River Saga.

Each concert includes “Preludes,” a pre-concert discussion with Maestro Grant Cooper beginning at 7 p.m. “Preludes” is free to all concert-goers.

The ZMM Architects and Engineers Pops Series is sure to delight and entertain audiences with another season of great guest artists and performances. Feb. 7-8 features “Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show” with the orchestra. This show is hailed as one of the most authentic cast and production shows honoring the Rolling Stones. This concert showcases hits such as “Sympathy for the Devil,” “Paint it Black” and “Satisfaction.”

On March 14-15,  WVSO brings audiences “The John Williams Experience” honoring the world’s greatest movie composer with music from “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones” and “E.T.”

The series closes April 11-12, with Wicked Divas bringing the best of Broadway to Charleston with selections from “Wicked,” “Gypsy,” “Ragtime,” “Titanic” and opera selections from George Bizet’s “Carmen.”

The City National Bank Family Discovery Series continues this season with performances that are perfect for the whole family. On March 15, Slim Goodbody joins the WVSO to bring “A Celebration of Yourself.” The Series closes with The Music of Harry Potter on April 12.

The 2013-2014 Montclaire String Quartet Series returns to the University of Charleston’s beautiful Erma Byrd Gallery for a third year. Performances for the remainder of the season are New England Patriots on Feb. 2 and Lucky Seven on March 23.

Symphonic, pops and family concerts are held in the Maier Foundation Performance Hall at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia in Charleston.

For tickets and more information, visit www. wvsymphony.org or call the Clay Center Box Office at 304-561-3570.