Symphony to hold fundraiser

PARKERSBURG – The West Virginia Symphony League-Parkersburg will hold its annual bowling-themed fundraiser in February, followed by the next performance in the 2012-2013 season in early March.

“Bowling Ball III,” sponsored by the WVSLP, will be 6-9 p.m. Feb. 23 at Emerson Lanes in Parkersburg.

Proceeds will support the symphony league’s music in the schools program in Wood and Washington counties. The $45 ticket entitles a person to dinner, bowling, beverages, raffles and prizes, said Becky Deem, a member of the Bowling Ball committee.

The raffle drawing will be for two tickets to the WVU vs. William & Mary football game in Morgantown on Aug. 31 and a $50 gift certificate for Stefano’s Restaurant in Morgantown.

Couples, singles and teams are welcome. Teams of four bowlers can be individuals or businesses.

Call 304-428-0005 for tickets or for reservations contact Emerson Lanes at 1501 36th St. or by calling 304-485-7406.

The next West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Concert will be 3 p.m. March 3 in the Blennerhassett School Auditorium on Jewell Road south of Parkersburg.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased on the WVSOP website at www.wvsop.org, by email at tickets@wvsop or by calling 304-485-4200.

The symphony, under the direction of Maestro Grant Cooper, will be joined by acclaimed pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine.

Moutouzkine has toured throughout Germany, France, Spain, Russia, Italy and North and South America, as well as in China and Japan. He will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 with the WVSOP.

Also on the program will be a performance of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8. Sometimes called “The Apocalyptic,” Symphony No. 8 is the last one completed by the composer.

The WVSOP welcomes patrons with disabilities and, with three weeks advance notice, will make every effort to accommodate their requests.

Funding for the WVSOP concert series comes in part from grants from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, the National Endowment of the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, from the McDonough Foundation, and from the Artsbridge Arts Fund.

The 2012-2013 season will conclude on April 14 with “Music of the Night.” Vocalists Christina Saffron and Norman Large will join the WVSOP for a performance of Broadway favorites from such hit shows as “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Cats.”

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is West Virginia’s premier performing arts organization, presenting more than 50 concerts annually to audiences throughout the Mountain State. The symphony’s home is the Maier Foundation Performance Hall at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston.