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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.
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By: Shiva Shaffi
eMarketing & Guest Artist Manger
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.