The West Virgina Symphony Orchestra will close out its 2013-14 season with performances of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Clay Center. Featured vocalists Janet Brown (soprano), Gerald Gray (tenor) and Paul Kreider (baritone) are joined by the Appalachian Children’s Chorus, Fairmont State University Chorus, Marshall University Chamber Choir, West Virginia Symphony Chorus and West Virginia University Chorus.
The program also includes Antonio Modarelli’s “River Saga” and the world premiere of Charleston native Matthew Jackfert’s “On the Shores of Qingdao.” Maestro Grant Cooper hosts a free talk on the music each evening at 7 p.m.
These performances are some of the last for concertmaster Amelia Chen (pictured), who is leaving the symphony after 10 years to return to her native Hong Kong. She will be with the orchestra through Symphony Sunday on June 1.
Tickets start at $27.50. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.wvsymphony.org.