Symphony orchestra will present concert

From local reports

The River Cities Symphony Orchestra will present New York City Nights Pops Concert on Friday at the Lafayette Hotel, 101 Front St., Marietta. Doors open at 6 p.m. with concert at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets will be sold at the door. Reservations may be made in advance for premium table seating, either by e-mail at or by telephone at (304) 485-7068 or (704) 373-2221. A cash bar will be available, and light refreshments will be served at intermission. For special accommodations required for persons with disabilities, or for additional information call (304) 485-7068.

The River Cities Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director, Robert Turizziani, has put together an evening of song and orchestral music. The evening’s presentation includes selections from the Broadway musicals “West Side Story,” “Oliver,” and “The King and I,” as well as Victor Herbert songs, and other musical numbers from “The Big Apple.” Featured soloist, soprano Tiffany CasaSante, joins the orchestra for Gershwin’s “Summertime” and “More” (Theme from the movie Mondo Cane). Also on the program is Copland’s Quiet City featuring trumpeter, Adam Gillespie and oboist, Jenny Morris. As a grand finale, the RCSO will play Rossini’s William Tell Overture, which finishes with the theme music to the 50’s western “The Lone Ranger.”

Robert Turizziani, who has led the RCSO over the past 15 years, has played an essential role in making the Mid-Ohio Valley’s very own symphony orchestra into the fine ensemble that it is. The RCSO is also very proud to announce that Maestro Turizziani is now the Music Director of the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, and was enthusiastically received by an appreciative and acknowledgeable audience at his Chicago debut concert on May 12. He will be continuing as music director of the RCSO, in addition to his duties in Chicago.

Tiffany CasaSante, of Marietta, is a veteran of vocal and operatic performances. At her Carnegie Hall debut, she received a standing ovation for her performance of “Angelus” by Wojciech Kilar, and gave an encore performance at Carnegie Hall the following year where Gorecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs was added to the program. In recent years, she has performed with the RCSO and in Mid-Ohio Valley Players Theatre productions. She is a strong supporter of the arts in the Mid-Ohio Valley, having performed in benefit concerts for the River Cities Symphony Orchestra and the renovation of the Hippodrome Colony Historical Theatre.

Sponsors for the concert are The Hippodrome Colony Historical Theatre Association, WesBanco, and The Lafayette Hotel. The RCSO is funded in part by the Artsbridge United Art Fund, Marietta Community Foundation and Oakland Foundation.