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The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra announces 2013-2014 season

By Staff reports
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra announced its 2013-14 season on Wednesday. The season marks the 75th anniversary of the symphony.Under the direction of Maestro Grant Cooper, the symphony performs its Symphonic and ZMM Pops Series at the Clay Center.The Capitol Conference Center Symphonic Series will feature master works such as Copland's "Appalachian Spring" and Orff's "Carmina Burana," and guest artists such Vince Dimartino and Rex Richardson performing Paulus' "Concerto for Two Trumpets and Orchestra" and Valentina Lisitsa tackling Brahms' "Piano Concerto No. 1."The ZMM Pops Series will showcase two of Broadway's leading ladies with "Wicked Divas," movie magic with the music of John Williams, a tribute to one of the greatest rock bands of all time with "Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show" and our seasonal family favorite "Home for the Holidays."The Capitol Conference Center Symphonic Series kicks off Sept. 20 and 21 with cellist Jolyon Pegis and violinist Maria Schleuning performing Rozsa's "Sinfonia Concertante, for violin, cello and orchestra, Op. 29." Additional pieces presented by WVSO include Wagner's "Prelude to Die Meistersinger," and Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 5." The Oct. 18 and 19 concerts celebrate West Virginia's sesquicentennial with Debussy's "Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun," Paulus' "Concerto for Two Trumpets & Orchestra" featuring Vince DiMartino and Rex Richardson both on trumpet, Cooper's "Appalachian Autumn," and Copland's "Appalachian Spring."On Nov. 15 and 16, WVSO presents Barber's "The School of Scandal," "Overture," Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade" and guest pianist Lola Astanova performing Rachmaninoff's "Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 18."On Jan. 24 and 25, 2014, the WVSO presents Sibelius' "Symphony No. 1" and guest pianist Valentina Lisitsa performing Brahms' "Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15."
On Feb. 28 and March 1, 2014, WVSO presents The Mary Price Ratrie Legacy Concert with Beethoven's "Symphony No. 3 (Eroica)" and Beethoven's "Violin Concerto" featuring guest violinist Korbinian Altenberger of Astral Artists.The series closes on May 2 and 3, 2014 with Orff's "Carmina Burana" with Janet Brown, soprano, Gerald Gray, tenor, Paul Kreider, baritone, the West Virginia Symphony Chorus and the West Virginia University Chorus. The concert also features Jackfert's "On the Shores of Qingdao" and Modarelli's "River Saga".The WVSO and The Charleston Ballet Company will present "The Nutcracker" on Dec. 13 and 14.The ZMM Architects & Engineers Pops Series opens with the WVSO's annual tradition, "Home for the Holidays'"on Dec. 6 and 7. "Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show" with the orchestra is featured Feb. 7 and 8, 2014. On March 14 and 15, 2014, 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 on April 11 and 12, 2014 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 2013-2014 Montclaire String Quartet Series returns to the University of Charleston's Erma Byrd Gallery for a third year. Performances for the season are: "Vienna Nights" on Oct. 6, 2013; "Miniatures Revisited" on Nov. 24, 2013; "New England Patriots" on Feb. 2, 2014 and "Lucky Seven" on March 23, 2014.  All MSQ performances are on Sundays at p.m.The 2013-2014 Grand Series subscriptions range in price from $170 to $465. Capitol Conference Center Symphonic Series subscriptions range from $112 to $327; ZMM Pops Series subscriptions from $82 to $222; City National Bank Family Discovery Series $25 Adults -- $14 Students and Children and Montclaire String Quartet Series from $40 Adults and $20 for Students and Children. Tickets for The Nutcracker range in price from $12 for children to $54 for adults. Symphony Starter Packs also are available and range from $65 to $174. 
For more information or to purchase season tickets, please call 304-561-3570 or visit
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