The WVU Symphony Orchestra opens its season with two performances this week, both starting at 7:30 p.m.
WVUSO will perform on Thursday (September 23) at WVU’s Canady Creative Arts Center in Morgantown and Friday (September 24) at the Church-McKee Center for the Arts in Keyser.
The concerts feature Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 in G major; The Black Bear Awakens by Matthew Jackfert, with WVU violin teacher Mikylah Myers as soloist; and Max Richter on the nature of daylight.
Matthew Jackfert is a WVU alumnus and WV public radio host. He was inspired by the hibernation cycle of the West Virginia black bear, more precisely its winter torpor and its awakening in the new spring season, when he composed this concertino for violin and orchestra. He incorporates the folk song “Black is the Color of my True Love’s Hair” in the center section of the room.
Max Richter’s evocative score, On the Nature of Daylight, was originally composed in 2003 as part of a collection called The Blue Notebooks. Perhaps one of the most popular string works of recent years, the piece has been featured in several films including Shutter Island and, most importantly, Arrival in 2016. WVUSO will perform Richter’s piece in its orchestral version at full ropes.
As a celebration of the return to full orchestra, perhaps no piece captures the myriad of emotions as much as Dvorak’s Symphony in G major. From dance to song, from joy to sorrow, this work transports us through a world of expression that touches and excites.
To get tickets for the Morgantown concert, visit the Creative Arts Center box office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily or call (304) 293-SHOW.
For tickets and information about the Keyser concert, call 304-788-3066 or 304-788-9465.