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Classical music in West Virginia and Beyond

WV Classical Calendar -- October

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By Mona Seghatoleslami
 · October 1, 2011

Ocotber 2011

Happy fall! Here's a busy month of concerts to enjoy. Let me know if I've missed anything!

Oct. 1: Tiberius String Quartet (Charleston Chamber Music Society)

Oct. 1: West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (Hurricane)

Oct. 1: Shenandoah Conservatory Symphonic Wind  Ensemble

Oct. 2: ASHU (Fairmont Chamber Music Society)

Oct. 2: West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WV State University)

Oct. 2: John O'Conor, piano (Shenandoah Conservatory) (interview)

Oct. 3: Mikylah McTeer, violin; Peter Amstutz, piano (WVU Faculty Recital)

Oct. 4: WVU Wind Symphony

Oct. 5: Wendell Dobbs, flute; John Ingram, piano (Marshall University Faculty Recital)

Oct. 5: Betsy Billock, piano (West Liberty University)

Oct. 5: Josh Meredith, baritone; Nathan Moheebi, tenor; Ron Neal, piano (Kanawha Forum)

Oct. 6: Marshall University Wind Symphony

Oct. 7: WVU New Music Recital

Oct. 8: Huntington Symphony Orchestra

Oct. 9: Montclaire String Quartet

Oct. 9: Magnets Project Brazilian Student Recital (Marshall University)

Oct. 9, 2pm: Juan Jaramillo, violin; Robert Troeger, keyboards; Jose Puentes, bass and cuatro (St. Matthew's, Wheeling)

Oct. 10: WVU Chamber Winds

Oct. 11: Glenville State College Music Fest: Bluegrass, Choir, Band, Percussion, and More!

Oct. 11: Aubrey Ford, tuba masterclass (WV State University)

Oct. 11: Tuesday with Fran: Mozart (Carnegie Hall Lewisburg)

Oct. 12: Marshall University Orchestra

Oct. 12: Ryan Anthony, trumpet; Gary Beard, organ (West Liberty University)

Oct. 12: Cara Escue; soprano; Madeline Southall, soprano; Allie Sargent, mezzo-soprano; Ron Neal, piano (Kanawha Forum)

Oct. 13: SAI Musicale (Fairmont State University)

Oct. 14: WVU Percussion Concert

Oct. 14: Fairmont State University Collegiate Singers and Chamber Choir

Oct. 14: Wheeling Symphony Pops: Richie Cole and Five by Design

Oct. 15: WVU New Music Concert

Oct. 15: Alderson-Broaddus Brass Choir, Chamber Ensemble, and Concert Choir

Oct. 15: Alderson-Broaddus Quartets, Jazz Ensemble, and The West Virginians

Oct 15: Met Opera Live in HD: Donizetti's Anna Bolena (Morgantown, Barboursville, Lewisburg, Nitro, other locations in surrounding region)

Oct. 18: Nina Assimakopoulos, flute (WVU Faculty Recital)

Oct. 19: Rob Barron, Trombone Masterclass (Shepherd University)

Oct. 19: Alderson-Broaddus Afternoon Recital

Oct. 19: Timpani Chamber Music Ensemble (Kanawha Forum)

Oct. 19: Juan Jaramillo, violin; Robert Troeger, keyboards; Jose Puentes, bass and cuatro (Wheeling Jesuit University)

Oct. 20: Clyde English Memorial Organ Recital (West Virginia University)

Oct. 20: West Liberty University Bands

Oct. 20: Rebecca Rischin, clarinet; Youmee Kim, piano (Marshall University Guest Artist Recital)

Oct. 21: Shepherd University A Capella Choral Concert

Oct. 21-22: West Virginia Symphony Orchestra; Julie Albers, cello

Oct. 21-23: Shenandoah Conservatory Bach-Handel Festival

Oct. 22: Lynn Hileman, bassoon (WVU Faculty Recital)

Oct. 22-23: Marshall University Guitar Festival

Oct. 22-23: Maryland Symphony Orchestra; Nick Kendall, violin

Oct. 23: MTNA Recital (Alderson-Broaddus)

Oct. 23: WVU Fall Choral Concert

Oct. 23: William Haller, organ (WVU Recital)

Oct. 23: Ron Barron, trombone (WVU Guest Artist Recital)

Oct. 24: Octubafest I: Tuba and Euphonium Solo Night (Marshall University)

Oct. 24: Starry Night of Romeo & Juliet, Philadelphia Orchestra (Carnegie Hall Film Series)

Oct. 25: Masterclass: Elizabeth Wotring Nelson, voice (Fairmont State University)

Oct. 26: Triptych Concert (Marshall University)

Oct. 25: WVU Faculty Piano Quartet

Oct. 25: Van Buren Quintet (Shenandoah Conservatory)

Oct. 26: Christy Banks, clarinet (West Liberty University Guest Artist Recital)

Oct. 29: Met Opera Live in HD: Mozart's Don Giovanni (Morgantown, Barboursville, Lewisburg, Nitro, other locations in surrounding region)

Oct. 29: Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra; Timothy Roberts, saxophone

Oct. 27: John Beall, composer (WVU Faculty Recital)

Oct. 28: Maria Yefimova, piano (MUsic Alive, Marshall)

Oct. 28: Shenandoah Conservatory Brass Ensemble

Oct. 31: Octubafest II: Tubaween (Marshall University)

Oct. 31: Laureate Wind Quintet

Summer pipe organ news

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By Mona Seghatoleslami
 · July 20, 2011

I’ve recently heard about two nice-sounding pipe organ concerts happening in the region this summer.

Andrew Swing and Paul Isaacs will be playing a concert this Sunday (July 24) at 3pm at Village Chapel Presbyterian in Charleston. The free concert is sponsored by the Kanawha Chapter of the AGO (American Guild of Organists).

Swing and Isaacs have just graduated high school and heading off to college next year, where they will continue to play the king of instruments.

Recordings of both of these talented young musicians were featured on the Classically Speaking blog a few years ago. Visit this post listen to them play music by Bach and Buxtehude as part of the “World’s Largest Organ Concert” that took place in October 2008. Here's the Facebook invitation for this weekend's concert.


Grammy-winning organist Paul Jacobs will perform at Westminster Presbyterian in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania (just south of Pittsburgh) on Friday August 19 at 7:30pm. The church is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Austin pipe organ, and suggested donation for that concert is $10.

You can listen to Jacobs on Saint Paul Sunday, check out his Grammy-winning recording of music by Messaien, and listen to some of his playing in the video below:

Mahler at 151

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By Mona Seghatoleslami
 · July 7, 2011

Mahler, Mahler, Mahler ... his name was everywhere for a while, and then after his 150th birthday last year and anniversary of his death this year, he'd wandered away from my attention. When it's this hot, it seems to be more of a season for Gershwin, Copland, Mozart, Vivaldi, or I don't know, most things that aren't Mahler.

A couple weeks ago, a few acquaintances who have only a casual interest in classical music started talking about Gustav Mahler, which surprised me. It turns out, they'd been seeing Mahler TV; the Keeping Score series on PBS featured Mahler in an episode. Mahler: Origins is available to watch online now through PBS Video (along with a bonus video of Mahler's Symphony No. 1, which I'm really enjoying listening to as I write this post).

Then there was a Mahler request to play on the radio today:

Das klagende lied: Der Spielmann

And then, I was startled to hear on the Writer's Almanac that today is Mahler's birthday (along with Robert Heinlein's birthday and the anniversary of the invention of sliced bread).

How shameful of me to have almost missed his birthday, especially during his centennial year! (it's the centennial of his death, not his birth, but it's still a bit special).

In case you're catching up, like me, here's some of the Mahler content that has previously been featured on Classically Speaking:

* Anna Larsson sings Mahler (interview)

 * Mahler and Homecoming (Chad Winkler of the PSO)

 * Who's Afraid of  Gustav Mahler?

 * Giant Hammers and Opera Corpses

 * Life & Death & Mahler in Wheeling

And if all of this Mahler has you in the mood to hear some in concert, fear not. The Mahler year is not over in West Virginia -- the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will be performing Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in September.

Added bonus: Mahler just made it onto a very distinguished list; he was voted one of the "Top Ten Badass Composers" on a list compiled by NPR's Deceptive Cadence blog. Not a bad way to be at 151.

Young Fayetteville musician in the spotlight

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By Mona Seghatoleslami
 · July 6, 2011

Congratulations to Heidi Morey of Fayetteville, West Virginia! This 13-year harp player recently won first prize in the American Harp Society National Competition. She came in first in the Intermediate I age division (13-15) and was recognized for the best performance of Claude Debussy's Reverie.

Morey was also just featured in an article in the Charleston Gazette: "With help, Fayette teen wins national harp competition"

She's set up a website, which includes a section where you can listen to recordings of her playing the harp (including the Debussy).

I hope to have more from this talented young musician for you soon. I've written to her to see if we can get some recordings to feature on West Virginia Public Radio and perhaps an interview to share here on Classically Speaking.

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