Davis & Elkins College will present The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director Grant Cooper in concert at 3 p.m. this Sunday in Harper-McNeeley Auditorium.
Part of the Orchestra's fall tour, the program will feature Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 in B Flat Major (Op. 60) and Violin Concerto in D Major (Op. 61) with violin soloist Michael Ludwig.
"The WVSO looks forward every season to performing throughout the state," said WVSO President David Gross. "By performing in West Virginia communities outside our Charleston home, we hope to not only highlight the orchestra, but the many fantastic cultural resources in our host communities. We are grateful for the enthusiasm of the sponsors, venues and local audiences that allow the WVSO to showcase the best that West Virginia has to offer. Our desire is to facilitate a statewide appreciation, allowing the WVSO to serve its role as the orchestra for all West Virginians. "
The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is West Virginia's premier performing arts organization, presenting more than 50 concerts annually to audiences throughout the Mountain State. Programs include Symphonic, ZMM Pops and City National Bank Family Concert Series, performances by the Montclaire String Quartet, collaborations with the Charleston Ballet and other WV Arts Organizations, and nationally award-winning education programs. The Symphony's home is the world-class Maier Foundation Performance Hall at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston.
Ludwig performs on a rare violin made in the late 1700s by the Cremonese master Lorenzo Storioni and a Dominique Peccatte bow. He studied violin with his father, Irving Ludwig, a violinist in the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as Raphael Bronstein and Josef Gingold. He attended the Curtis Institute of Music and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Indiana University.
Now serving in his eleventh WVSO season, Grant Cooper, artistic director and conductor of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, began his duties as the ninth conductor in the WVSO's history on July 1, 2001. From 1997 to 2007, Cooper served as resident conductor of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, where he gave almost 600 performances with that orchestra, appearing to critical acclaim on all the major series. Cooper is also artistic director of a summer festival, the Bach and Beyond Festival in Fredonia, N.Y.
Cooper was awarded the National Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Commission following competitive adjudication as part of the 2010 American Residency program of the NSO.
Tickets for the D&E Presentation are available online now at www.dne.musictoday.com. They also can be purchased at the door prior to the performance.