Orchestra to present concert

MARIETTA – The River Cities Symphony Orchestra will present its “New York City Nights Pops Concert” on June 7 at the Lafayette Hotel in downtown Marietta.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. at 101 Front St., Marietta.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets will be sold at the door. Reservations may be made in advance for premium table seating, either by email at rcsomusic@msn.com or by telephone at 304-485-7068 or (740) 373-2221. For special accommodations required for persons with disabilities, or for additional information call 304-485-7068.

Robert Turizziani, the RCSO’s music director, will lead the orchestra in an evening of song and orchestral music. The concert will feature selections from the Broadway musicals “West Side Story,” “Oliver” and “The King and I,” as well as other musical numbers.

The featured soloist will be soprano Tiffany CasaSante. Other guest performers will include trumpeter Adam Gillespie and oboist Jenny Morris.

CasaSante, of Marietta, is a veteran of vocal and operatic performances, including Carnegie Hall. In recent years, she has performed with the RCSO and in Mid-Ohio Valley Players Theatre productions. She is a strong supporter of the arts in the Mid-Ohio Valley, having performed in benefit concerts for the orchestra and the renovation of the Peoples Bank Theater.

Gillespie is an accomplished musician, from Saint Albans W.Va., who has performed for several years in the West Virginia Youth Symphony. He has won several competitions, including being selected as first chair winner for the West Virginia All-State Band and Orchestra.

This fall, he will be a sophomore at Alderson-Broaddus College, where he won the Music Department’s biennial Concerto Competition Concert in February. His studies include applied music and musical arts major, minoring in business.

Morris, of Charleston, is the principal oboist of the RCSO. She has played extensively throughout the Kanawha Valley and beyond with orchestras such as the Huntington Symphony, Ohio Valley Symphony, Southeast Ohio Symphony, Seneca Chamber Orchestra and the West Virginia Symphony.

Turizziani, who has led the RCSO over the past 15 years, will soon be adding new duties. Although he is remaining as music director for the local orchestra, he recently became music director of the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, debuting on May 12.

Sponsors for the concert are The Hippodrome Colony Historical Theatre Association, WesBanco, and The Lafayette Hotel. The RCSO is funded in part by the Artsbridge United Art Fund, Marietta Community Foundation and Oakland Foundation.