An illness of the conductor of Bugs Bunny at the Symphony forced the West Virginia Symphony to change its pops concerts Saturday at the Clay Center to Cirque de la Symphonie. The substituted program paired concert music with the artistry of circus performers.

Jennifer Higdon has built a reputation as one of today’s preeminent composers. Saturday night, the West Virginia Symphony finally programmed one of her pieces, “blue cathedral,” a work from 2000 that garnered her international notice, many performances and a string of commissions that has co…

This weekend, the Charleston Light Opera Guild strayed from their normal fare of glitz and glam to delve into a more complex and gut-wrenching portion of American history with “Ragtime.” Still culturally poignant today, in an America of closed borders and maligned kneeling athletes, “Ragtime…

The Clay Center’s “Sound Checks: Party on the Patio” with Parsonsfield and Tony Harrah and the Fly-Over States was scheduled to take place in the venue’s outdoor Sculpture Garden Friday night. However, due to concerns over rain, it was relocated inside to the auditorium’s stage.

Playing popular music with an orchestra has become a standard fare for American orchestras. The West Virginia Symphony has had artists from Kathy Mattea to stars of Broadway to the Irish act Celtic Woman. And it has frequently had cover bands doing music by iconic rock bands like the Moody B…

Premiere performances have been relatively rare with the West Virginia Symphony in its series of symphonic concerts. After he arrived in 2001, former conductor Grant Cooper led premieres of several of his works. He included works by John Beall, Matt Jackfert and me over the years. Both Beall…

John Williams’ career as a composer dates back to the 1950s, when he started as a pianist and arranger/orchestrator. He played piano for Henry Mancini. He arranged for the gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. He scored television shows.

Funerals for Thursday, January 23, 2020

Ball, Mamie - 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville. 
Browning, Molly - 1 p.m., Evans Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Chapmanville.

Coleman, Jason - 1 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Eskew, George - 1 p.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

Friend, Raymond - 1 p.m., Foglesong-Casto Funeral Home, Mason.

Fuller, Ellen - 11 a.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Hood, Melissa - 2 p.m., Gatens - Harding Funeral Home Chapel, Poca.

King, Mildred - 1 p.m., Sharon Church of God, Dry Branch.

Miller, LouEllen - Noon, Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Sovine, George - Noon, Culloden Community Cemetery.

Ward, Debra - 1 p.m., Graceland Cemetery, Alum Creek.