The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) and Artistic Director Grant Cooper bring the sounds of the symphony to Fayette County on March 22. The concert will be held at Oak Hill High School and starts at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.
Joining the orchestra for this performance is Astral Artist and violin soloist Kristen Lee. The orchestra will perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto K 218 in D and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 (Scottish).
“The WVSO looks forward every season to performing throughout the state,” says WVSO President David Gross.
“By entering 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 state-wide appreciation of the arts, allowing the WVSO to serve its role as the orchestra for all West Virginians. ”
Fayette County Schools is hosting a variety of activities during the week prior to the concert which include master classes by WVSO musicians at three Fayette County schools and visits by the Montclaire String Quartet for students at Fayetteville High School and for all Fayette County fifth graders.
The WVSO Statewide Touring Program is sponsored in part by the Daywood Foundation, Herscher Foundation, Jacobson Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Jim and Keith Straw. The performance and pre-concert activities are also sponsored in part by the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation and Fayette County Schools with event coordination provided by Coda Mountain Academy of Music in collaboration with Superintendent Keith Butcher and the WVSO.
The WVSO is West Virginia’s premier performing arts organization, presenting more than 50 concerts annually to audiences throughout the Mountain State. The symphony’s home is the world-class Maier Foundation Performance Hall at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston.
Korean-American violinist Kristin Lee has been praised by The Strad for her “rare stylistic aptness” and “mastery of tone and rare mood in a performer of any age.” A violinist of remarkable versatility and impeccable technique, Lee enjoys a vibrant career as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, and is equally noted for her growing reputation in collaborations with various genres of music.
A winner of Astral Artists’ 2010 National Auditions and a top prizewinner of the 2012 Walter W. Naumburg Competition, Lee has appeared as soloist with St. Louis Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, New Mexico Symphony, Albany Symphony, the Ural Philharmonic of Russia, the Korean Broadcasting Symphony of Korea, and many others. She has appeared on the world’s finest concert stages, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Kennedy Center, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, the Metropolitan Museum, Steinway Hall’s Salon de Virtuosi, the Louvre Museum in Paris, and Korea’s Kumho Art Gallery.
Born in Seoul, Lee began studying the violin at the age of five, and within one year won First Prize at the prestigious Korea Times Violin Competition. In 1995, she moved to the United States and continued her musical