West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg to kick off new season

File Photo Lawrence Loh

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg will begin its new season with Music Director Lawrence Loh at the helm and a special guest appearance from fan-favorite pianist Jon Nakamatsu on Sept. 30 in Parkersburg.

The concert will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Blennerhassett School on Jewell Road near Parkersburg.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $10 for students and are available by calling 304-485-4200 or online at wvsop.org.

Prior to the concert, a free lecture will be presented by symphony staff from 2-2:30 p.m. at the school.

Starting off the show will be a modern composition, Torke’s Javelin, which was performed for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. Nakamatsu returns to Charleston to perform Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

“I’m looking forward to opening our 2018-2019 season with WVSO’s good friend, pianist Jon Nakamatsu,” said Loh.

“I’ve worked with Jon many times in the past and he is as great a musician as he is a human being. His Tchaikovsky will light up the concert hall!”

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, in its 79th season, presents classical, pops, family and chamber-music concerts annually throughout the Mountain State.