The WVU Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Creative Arts Center on Thursday, April 26 at 7:30 pm.
The orchestra will perform “Symphony No. 2 in D Major” by Johannes Brahms. “Like so many great orchestral works, the D Major symphony by Brahms, embraces so much of what makes us human, from our joys to grief, from sunny joyfulness to melancholy and despair,” said WVUSO conductor, Dr. Mitchell Arnold, WVU’s Director of Orchestral Activities. Through our work in rehearsals our talented musicians learn how to express the most touching aspects of this great work, in order that our audience can share in this experience.”
Richard Wagner’s Prelude to his opera Lohengrin “is a musical expression of sun-lit rapture, as it depicts the descent of the Holy Grail, carried by angels, to the chosen few,” said Dr. Arnold. “The blazing climax, carried by the brass, is blindingly powerful!”
Closing out the performance will be Brahms’ “Academic Festival Overture”. Comparing this to the former Brahms piece Dr. Arnold said, “On the other hand, his Academic Festival Overture is something of an exciting send up of collegiate student songs perhaps with a sip or two of ale thrown in.”
Tickets available at WVU Box Offices, by calling 304-293-SHOW or visiting ticketmaster.com. Performances are free to WVU students with a valid Student ID.