West Virginia Youth Symphony to perform Friday

PARKERSBURG – The West Virginia Youth Symphony will perform in a free concert at 1 p.m. Friday at the Williamstown High School Auditorium.

This concert, sponsored by the River Cities Symphony Orchestra, concludes the River Cities’ music education programs for 2012-2013.

Robert Turizziani, music director of the orchestra, also is director of the Youth Symphony.

Performing with 50 members of the Youth Symphony will be 19 students of Ashley Clark, a string instructor at Williamstown High School.

They will perform “Fire Dance” by Soon Hee Newbold. This is a special performance for the musicians as Williamstown High is the only school in Wood or surrounding counties to have a string program.

Music teacher and students may attend the concert by following their usual procedures for attending activities at the school. Private music teachers and their students or home schooled students and their parents or guardian can also attend, but must register at the Williamstown High School office.

This year the orchestra has 115 students from Cabell, Jackson, Kanawha, Putnam, Raleigh and Wood counties, and one from Ohio and one from Virginia. Students are from 35 public and private schools, plus college and home schooled. They range in age from 7 to 20 years.