In an exclusive Charleston-area performance, the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra will present a special concert event, “From the Volga to the Moldau: Lifting the Iron Curtain with Music!” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, in the West Virginia State Theater of the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex. The concert is part of a Cultural Center showcasing showcasing performers from throughout the state. General admission tickets, which may be ordered in advance by phone, will go on sale Jan. 2, 2001.
The all-orchestral program will celebrate the rich music of old Eastern European cultures. Dvorak’s boisterous “Symphony No. 8 in G major” recalls the tantalizing folk music of the composer’s Czech heritage while Tchaikovsky’s glorious and emotionally involving “Symphony No. 5 in E minor” takes listeners to the banks of the Volga River.
The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra performs a broad series of classical and pops concerts, not only in Wheeling but also in cities and towns throughout West Virginia and the tri-state area. The Symphony’s home is the historic Capitol Music Hall in downtown Wheeling, but the group’s touring schedule has included such diverse communities as Clarksburg, Huntington, Beckley, Elkins and Kingwood.
Rachael Worby, conductor and music director, has revitalized the 71-year-old organization since joining the Symphony in 1986. She has increased the number of concerts each year from six to 40 and created a pops series that sells out every year by featuring guest artists like Jean-Pierre Rampal, Andre Watts and Eugenia Zukerman. In addition to her duties with the Symphony, Worby is in demand as a guest conductor and recently was named music director of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra in Pasadena, Calif.
The concert is being sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Culture and
History and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. Ticket prices are $15 for adults
and $12 for students/seniors. For more information or to order tickets, call
(304) 558-0220, ext. 124.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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