Resutls for: wvso

Music and dance, comedy and theater.

01Dec 2016



Music and dance, comedy and theater… Whatever your interest, there’s something to see in Charleston this holiday season!

From stage productions like Kanawha Players’ A Christmas Carol… More or Less (Dec. 2 – 4, South Charleston Public Library), The Charleston Ballet’s The Nutcracker (Dec. 9 – 10, Clay Center) and Charleston Light Opera Guild’s A Christmas Story (Dec. 16 – 18, 21 – 23, Culture Center) to special concerts such as West Virginia’s Symphony Orchestra’s Home for the Holidays (Dec. 3, Clay Center), First Lady’s Festival of Songs (Dec. 10, Culture Center) and Appalachian Children’s Chorus’ Feel the Love (Dec. 4, Clay Center), December is filled with events and activities that will have you feeling jolly. 

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Heroes

02Jun 2016


Photo courtesy of:  Pooyan Photo

By: Shiva Shafii
Marketing Director
WV Symphony 


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. 

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Maestro Grant Cooper’s 15th anniversary

05May 2016



By: Shiva Shaffi

eMarketing & Guest Artist Manger
WV Symphony 


733. That’s the number of performances Maestro Grant Cooper has had with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. 733. Let that sink in for a second. 

I’ve never attended a West Virginia Symphony Orchestra without Maestro Grant Cooper conducting. They were my first introduction to classical music, and I’m sure I’m not the only West Virginian to say that. From my first Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in 2003, to discovering my love for Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Symphony in 2007, to experiencing the beautiful La Boheme opera in 2009, the WVSO and Maestro Cooper have been there every step of the way in maintaining a high artistic standard and quality for orchestral music in West Virginia.

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Ever heard a classically-trained garage band? Imagine Taylor Swift vs. the orchestral world.

12Apr 2016



By: Shiva Shaffi
eMarketing & Guest Service Manager
WV Symphony


Let me introduce to you Time for Three (tf3, for short). Tf3 is a virtuosic trio that consists of 3 classically trained musicians (2 violins and a bass) who create their own arrangements of everything from bluegrass and folk tunes to ingenious mash-ups of hits by the Beatles, Kanye West, Katy Perry, and Justin Timberlake. The result is unlike anything experienced before and you can see them first-hand at the Clay Center this Saturday performing with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra!

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It’s brooding, moody, and intensely virtuosic!

03Apr 2016



By: Shiva Shafii
eMarketing & Guest Artist Manager
WV Symphony


I find it really fascinating when people look like their work of art. Finnish composer Jean Sibelius is one of those people. Just by looking at a photo of him, it’s as if his angst and underlying turmoil is screaming at you and many of his compositions translate his thoughts and emotions so vividly. 

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