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WVU to host special concert, make announcement on March 24

College of Creative Arts type with Flying WV LogoThe Valerie Canady Charitable Foundation has a long history of giving at West Virginia University. During a Canady Chamber Series concert on March 24, WVU’s College of Creative Arts will announce the next chapter in the Canady Legacy.

The Canady Chamber Series was established by the Valerie Canady Charitable Foundation in 2018 in order to bring in professional chamber musicians to perform and teach for WVU students and the Morgantown community.

“The Canady family has long supported artistic presentations of the highest quality to benefit the CCA and broader Morgantown Community,” said Dean Keith Jackson. “As with previous initiatives, the importance of guaranteeing significant interactions between artists and CCA students is what makes the Canady Chamber Series unique as it includes tremendous performances and the opportunity for our students to work with full-time performers that are outside of their normal sphere of influence.”

Valerie Canady was a Morgantown native and WVU alumna who was tragically killed in the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. An accountant working in London at the time of her death, Canady was also an accomplished linguist and artist in different media of expression, especially piano. Her parents, Loulie and the late William Canady, established the Foundation to honor her memory and share their family’s passion for the arts. 

An intersectional ensemble with roots in Americana, modern pop and classical music, Time For Three will take the stage for the special concert, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre of WVU’s Creative Arts Center.

“Chamber music places a special focus on certain elements of making music -- collaboration, interaction, and musical intimacy,” said Michael Ibrahim, director of WVU’s School of Music. “An exciting part of programming chamber music concerts is the diversity of music styles that can be represented. Chamber music also affords musicians the opportunity to weave in and out between playing as a soloist and playing as a team player. As a musical story is being conveyed, chamber music teaches us how to listen to individual parts as well as the whole sound of the group.”

The concert is free and open to the public, but a ticket is required. Tickets can be picked up at WVU Box Offices at the Creative Arts Center and Mountainlair. For more information, visit