Christine Lamprea to perform with West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg will be bringing the music of composers Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) and Franz Schubert (1797-1828) to a concert 3 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at the Blennerhassett School Auditorium.

A free lecture/talk will be given from 2-2:30 p.m. by guest conductor Michelle Merrill, who is serving as the associate conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Merrill, who was named one of the Hour Detroit magazine’s three cultural organization leaders to watch, was recently profiled by the Ford Motor Company for its website She is the recipient of the 2016 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award.

Her recent engagements include symphonies in Toronto, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Toledo, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Orlando, Syracuse, Sacramento, Boise, and Pennsylvania. In Detroit she helps conduct and plan over 30 concerts a season, including renowned educational webcasts, which have reached over 100,000 students in classrooms throughout the nation and 100 countries.

Merrill studied with Paul C. Phillips at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of Arts, where she holds a Master of Music degree in conducting and a Bachelor of Music in performance.

The orchestra will be performing Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture, Op. 21 and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D 944 “Great.”

Christine Lamprea, cello, will join the orchestra playing Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major, Op. 101/H7b No. 2. Lamprea was the first prize winner of the 2013 Sphinx Competition and is presented as soloist with major orchestras worldwide.

Lamprea is known as a recitalist, in demand as a chamber musician, and explores different genres of music. She is a teacher in residence with The Juilliard School and continues to pursue musical outreach in and around New York City.

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg is an all-volunteer board of directors which raises money to bring music by the WVSO to the Mid-Ohio Valley.

The Parkersburg board is celebrating the 30th anniversary of providing local concerts. For tickets visit or purchase at the door. Call 304-485-4200 and leave a message if you have questions. Ticket prices are $22 for adults and $10 for students.