Photo courtesy of: Pooyan Photo
By: Shiva Shafii
Being from Charleston, Symphony Sunday has always been one of my absolute favorite events of the year. For its 34th year, this free outdoor festival is an annual gift to the community, and features some of the area’s most beloved music, food, games and artisans. Ending with a WV Symphony concert and fireworks finale looking over the gorgeous State Capitol from the University of Charleston lawn, what better way is there to kickoff the start of summer?!
This year’s Symphony Sunday weekend is going to be extra special, as the West Virginia Symphony League, the WVSO’s fundraiser organization, has chosen the theme of “HEROES” to celebrate our local heroes. Obviously Maestro Cooper is a major musical hero, and I for one cannot wait to see what suit he chooses.
The main stage is going to be filled with musical acts starting at 1 pm until the WVSO performs at 8. You’ll recognize some familiar local groups, but might notice two new acts joining us this year: Spencer Elliott, and Qiet! It’ll be a full WVSO circle for violinist Alasha Al-Qudwah of Qiet, as she started learning violin through the WVSO Strings Program and last performed on the Symphony Sunday stage as a student with the West Virginia Youth Symphony! Here’s the full entertainment schedule:
MAIN TENT PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. | Charleston Metro Band
1:50 p.m. - 2:25 p.m. | Kanawha Kordsmen
2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. | Mountain State Brass Band
3:25 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. | Kanawha Valley Community Band
4:20 p.m. - 5:25 p.m. | West Virginia Youth Symphony ensembles
5:30 p.m. - 5:55 p.m. | Spencer Elliott
6:05 p.m. - 6:55 p.m. | Qiet
7:00 p.m. - 7:25 p.m. | Kanawha Valley Pipe and Drum Band
8:00 p.m. | WEST VIRGINIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA featuring Grand Finale with fireworks!
Curious as to what the WVSO will perform? Here’s a hint: John Williams wrote a lot of heroic music. In addition to the mainstage entertainment, there’s going to be food concessions, an artisan tent filled with local artists and more music, a book nook, and children’s games. There’s going to be a children’s parade starting at 3 pm….be on the lookout for Batman and his Batmobile to lead the way!
If sitting on the lawn isn’t for you, you can buy tickets for $50 to the VIP “American Hero” champagne reception from 6-10 pm, and get VIP treatment with heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and of course champagne with your exclusive seating and access to the UC Rotunda and Patio of Riggleman Hall.
For more info on all the details, visit wvsymphony.org.
There’s truly no better way to spend a gorgeous Sunday in our capital city than with an organization that impacts the community in so many different ways, so here’s a sincere thank you and gift from us at the WVSO and WVSL to you Charleston, WV, for supporting your orchestra!