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WVSO bringing works from Ravel, Stravinsky to Morgantown

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is taking its spring symphonic concert on the road to Morgantown on April 28.

Under the direction of Maestro Grant Cooper, the WVSO will perform Ravel’s Ma mère l'Oye (Mother Goose Suite) which is Ravel’s musical depiction of some of the most beloved fairy tales, including Beauty and the Beast and Tom Thumb. The music will take a light-hearted turn with Stravinsky’s suite from the ballet Pulcinella, which was inspired by music attributed to 18th century Italian composer Giovanni Pergolesi. The concert will conclude with Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 in C major “Linz,” a charming symphony that Mozart wrote in four days while staying in the city of Linz, halfway between his birthplace of Salzburg and Vienna.

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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra reevaluating WVU partnership

The West Virginia University College of Creative Arts and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will assess their partnership after the April 24 PSO Canady Symphony Series concert at WVU’s Creative Arts Center.

WVU and PSO first established a partnership in 2006 with support of donors William and Loulie Canady in memory of their daughter, Valerie, who lost her life in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Since 2006, PSO has visited WVU three times a year to perform the Canady Symphony Series at the Creative Arts Center. A vital aspect of the partnership also supported master classes from PSO musicians and internships for WVU students. 

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College of Creative Arts helps community celebrate Einstein

The West Virginia University College of Creative Arts is taking part in a campus-wide celebration of Albert Einstein and his contributions to science.

A month-long series of events, Celebrating Einstein will feature CCA students, faculty and programs in a danced lecture and symphony performance that honor major discoveries in physics.

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Symphony Orchestra Concert serves as final performance for WVU’s Miltenberger

The West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra will take the stage on April 20, marking not only the end of a performance season, but the end of a storied career for retiring Professor of Piano James Miltenberger.

“The Symphony Orchestra couldn’t be more delighted to share the stage with Dr. Miltenberger for his farewell performance,” said Director Mitchell Arnold. “His impact on all of us, as a teacher or as a fellow performer, is immense.”

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Something old, something new for April 18 Wind Symphony Concert

Despite the concert’s title, audience members won’t see white dresses or flower girls during the final spring performance by the West Virginia University Wind Symphony.

“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 18 at the Creative Arts Center.

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WVU and local high schools team up for concert April 23


The concert begins at 2 p.m. at WVU’s Creative Arts Center.

The program, led by Kym Scott, assistant professor and director of choral activities, will feature WVU’s Chamber Singers, Women’s Choir, Men’s Chorus and the West Virginia Community Choir. Joining WVU ensembles are Morgantown High School Choir and University High School Choir.

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