West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg to hold concerts

Lawrence Loh

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg has a series of concerts scheduled for its 2019-2020 season.

The concerts will be held in the auditorium at Blennerhassett School on Jewell Road south of Parkersburg.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. All concerts start at 3 p.m. In some cases, a speaker will give a free presentation prior to the concert at the school. Tickets and information are available by calling 304-485-4200 or online at www.wvsop.org.

The new season will open with the “80th Season Spectacular” on Oct. 20 with Lawrence Loh conducting and Orion Weiss as guest pianist.

The concert will feature Ferdinand Herold’s Zampa Overture (from first season), Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 featuring Weiss on piano, and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5.

Michelle Merrill

Weiss is one of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians. He has performed with the major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic.

“Violin or Fiddle?” will be presented Nov. 17 with Melisse Brunet as guest conductor and violinist Tessa Lark as the soloist.

The concert will feature Brahms’s Nanie with the West Virginia Symphony Chorus, Torke’s Sky (Bluegrass Concerto) featuring Lark on violin, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6.

Lark was the recipient of a 2018 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant. She was also a Silver Medalist in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and winner of the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition. A budding superstar in the classical realm, she is also a highly acclaimed fiddler in the tradition of her native Kentucky.

“Sounds of the Season” will be the annual holiday season show on Dec. 8, celebrating holiday music under the direction of guest conductor Michelle Merrill.

Timothy Chooi

“A Night at the Oscars” will be presented Feb. 9.

With Loh conducting, the concert will feature music from blockbuster movies like “Gone With the Wind,” “Ben Hur,” “West Side Story,” “Sound of Music,” “ET,” “Star Wars,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Schindler’s List” and more.

“A European Tour” will be the final performance on May 3 with Loh as conductor and violinist Timothy Chooi.

The concert will feature Dvorak’s “Finale from Symphony No. 9” with a side by side with the West Virginia Youth Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto featuring Chooi on violin; Part’s: Cantus in Memorium Benjamin Britten, and E. Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

Chooi is the first prize winner of the 2018 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hannover, Germany. He most recently also won the first prize of the Schadt Violin Competition in the United States of America. He had already made a name for himself as an awarded of numerous prizes. Chooi has performed worldwide with renowned orchestras, among them the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the NDR Philharmonie.

Tessa Lark

Orion Weiss