West Virginia symphony to perform Oct. 20

PARKERSBURG – In celebration of West Virginia’s 150th birthday and 75 years as West Virginia’s symphony, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg will present Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” in a concert at 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Blennerhassett Middle School auditorium in Parkersburg.

Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults and $10 for students age 18 and under, and can be purchased via the WVSOP website at www.wvsop.org, via email at tickets@wvsop.org or by calling (304) 485-4200.

Under the direction of Maestro Grant Cooper, the WVSOP will also perform Debussy’s “Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun,” Paulus’ “Concerto for Two Trumpets & Orchestra” featuring Vincent DiMartino and Rex Richardson, both on trumpet, and “Appalachian Autumn,” composed by Cooper.

DiMartino and Richardson are guest soloists for the Oct. 20 concert. DiMartino is considered one of America’s leading trumpet performers and teachers and has performed worldwide as a soloist and with artists such as Henry Mancini, Doc Severinsen, Pearl Bailey, Dizzy Gillespie and Dave Brubeck.

Richardson is a veteran of the renowned chamber ensemble Rhythm & Brass, jazz legend Joe Henderson’s Quintet, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble and the Brass Band of Battle Creek. He is also a headliner at international festivals and as a soloist with orchestras, jazz ensembles, brass bands and concert bands on five continents.

Funding for the WVSOP concert series comes in part from grants from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, from the McDonough Foundation, and from the Artsbridge Arts Fund.

The WVSOP began its 2013-2014 concert in September, with the Oct. 20 performance the second of five planned for the season. The other concerts planned for this season include:

Camden Clark Holiday Pops, 3 p.m., Dec. 8, at Blennerhassett Middle School. The symphony will be joined by the Appalachian Children’s Chorus.