PARKERSBURG - The upcoming concert season of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Parkersburg (WVSOP) will feature a variety of performances from the classical repertoire sure to satisfy a wide range of musical tastes.
The 2012-2013 season will include a host of renowned guest soloists joining Maestro Grant Cooper and the WVSOP.
The season will kick off on Sept. 23 with "Song of Norway" featuring pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi, who will join the WVSOP for a performance of Grieg's Piano Concerto, Op. 16. The program will also feature Britten's Suite on English Folk Tunes and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 1.
Acclaimed violinist Michael Ludwig will perform with the WVSOP on Nov. 11 for "A Wee Dram of Scotland." The program will include two works by Mendelssohn: The Hebrides, Op. 26 and Symphony No. 3. Another part of the program will be Bruch's Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46.
The Camden Clark Holiday Pops Concert will be presented Dec. 9, offering a program of holiday music from both the classical and popular traditions.
Piano virtuoso Alexandre Moutouzkine will join the orchestra on March 3, 2013, for a performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21. The program, entitled "Apocalyptic," will also include Bruckner's Symphony No. 8.
The new season will conclude April 14, 2013, with "Music of the Night." Vocalists Christina Saffron and Norman Large will join the WVSOP for a performance of Broadway favorites from such hit shows as "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Cats."
All performances of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg are held at the Blennerhassett Junior High School Auditorium at 448 Jewell Road, Parkersburg.
The WVSOP welcomes patrons with disabilities and, with three weeks advance notice, will make every effort to accommodate their requests.
Funding for the WVSOP concert series comes in part from grants from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, the National Endowment of the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, from the McDonough Foundation, and from the Artsbridge Arts Fund.