Cellist Christine Lamprea to play with orchestra in Parkersburg

Photo provided Cellist Christine Lamprea will be the guest soloist at the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra - Parkersburg concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Blennerhassett School Auditorium near Parkersburg. The guest conductor will be Michelle Merrill.

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra – Parkersburg will present the music of three great composers in a show titled “The Greats” at 3 p.m. March 4 at the Blennerhassett School Auditorium.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at www.wvsop.org or at the door. More information is available by calling 304-485-4200.

The concert will feature the works of composers Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) and Franz Schubert (1797-1828).

A free lecture/talk will be given from 2-2:30 p.m. at the school by guest conductor Michelle Merrill, who is currently serving as the Associate Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She is 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 per season, including renowned educational webcasts, which reach over 100,000 students to date in classrooms throughout the nation and 100 countries. Born in Dallas, Texas, Merrill studied with Dr. 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.”

Cello soloist Christine Lamprea will join the orchestra playing Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major, Op. 101/H7b No. 2. Lamprea, a Colombian-American, was the First Prize Winner of the 2013 Sphinx Competition and has 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 studied with Bonnie Hampton at The Juilliard School and holds a Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory, studying with Natasha Brofsky.

The WVSOP is an all-volunteer board of directors which raises money to bring the gift of music by the WVSO to the Mid-Ohio Valley. The Parkersburg board is celebrating the 30th anniversary of providing affordable concerts.