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Hsaio to make WVUSO concerto debut Nov. 16

In their last performance of the fall semester on Nov. 16, the West Virginia University Symphony will be joined by faculty member Ching-Wen Hsaio for her concerto debut with the ensemble. 

“We are thrilled to have Ching-Wen Hsaio join us for her concerto debut with WVUSO,” said Mitchell Arnold, WVU’s director of orchestral activities.  “To have Dr. Hsiao, with her talent and artistry, performing such a great concerto in collaboration with our fine orchestra is a treat for the audience.”

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WVU Wind Symphony to perform ‘Almost Heaven’ concert

The West Virginia University Wind Symphony will present their final concert of the fall semester at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Creative Arts Center.

The concert, entitled “Almost Heaven,” will be led by Scott Tobias, WVU director of bands. He will be joined by doctoral candidate Matthew McCurry.

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WVSO to present Verdi’s Requiem in Morgantown

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra continues it’s 2017- 2018 Capitol Conference Center Symphonic Series with Verdi’s Requiem November 10, 2017 in Morgantown. 

Guest conductor, Adam Flatt will lead the orchestra through Verdi’s great mass, written in memory of Italian poet, Alessandro Manzoni. Accompanying the WVSO will be four talented soloists: Eric Barry, tenor, Raquel Gonzales, soprano, Stacey Rishio, mezzo-soprano, and Wei Wu, bass.

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Annual Fall Percussion Concert to be held Nov. 6

The West Virginia University Percussion program will present their annual fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at WVU’s Creative Arts Center.

Selections on the program include ‘Ionisation’ by Edgar Varese, arguably the most important work ever written for percussion ensemble. ‘Kyoto,’ by John Psathos, is a high-energy quintet of keyboards and percussion instruments that will challenge the players and thrill the audience. 

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WVU World Music Showcase Concert to be held Friday, Nov. 3

The program will feature the Morning and Afternoon Steel Bands, the Brazilian Ensemble, African Music and Dance Ensemble, and Bluegrass and Old Time Band. 

The Steel Bands will play a variety of popular and traditional steel band charts on instruments originating from Trinidad and Tobago. The WVU Brazilian Ensemble will present a range of different samba arrangements using a variety of Brazilian percussion instruments in different styles to showcase musical diversity within Brazil. 

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WVU alumna brings back jazz band to campus Oct. 25

West Virginia University alumna Allison Miller will be back at the College of Creative Arts on Oct. 25 to perform with her band, Boom Tic Boom. 

A New York City-based drummer, composer and teacher, Miller has been named to Downbeat Magazine’s “Top 20 Jazz Drummers” and her band is a recipient of Chamber Music America’s “Presenter Consortium for Jazz Grant.” Boom Tic Boom’s 2016 release, Otis was a Polar Bear, was chosen for NPR’s Jazz Critics Poll.

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Music alumna leaves gift to honor piano faculty

West Virginia University Alumna Carole Ross will leave a legacy in the School of Music through an estate gift honoring the devoted faculty she learned under while a student.

 A Uniontown native, Ross attended WVU on a Board of Governor’s Scholarship and began classes as a music major concentrating in piano the same year as Herman Godes began teaching at WVU.

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