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West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg readies performance

Violinist Tessa Lark will be the guest soloist for “Violin or Fiddle?” by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg at 3 p.m. Sunday at Blennerhassett School near Parkersburg. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg will present “Violin or Fiddle?” at 3 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium at Blennerhassett School on Jewell Road.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets and information are available by calling 304-485-4200 or online at wvsop.org.

“Violin or Fiddle?” will feature 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.

Other local concerts in the 2019-2020 season include:

* “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.

* “A Night at the Oscars” will be presented Feb. 9. With Maestro Lawrence 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” and “Schindler’s List,” among others.

* “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,” 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 awardee 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.

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