LEWISBURG W.Va. (WVDN) – Carnegie Hall presents the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) celebrating the Sounds of the Season on Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. The performance will be led by new Music Director Maurice Cohn.
Guests are invited to come early to Club Carnegie from 6–6:45 p.m. in the Board Room located adjacent to the Hamilton Auditorium. A cash bar and snacks are available.
A two-time recipient of the Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Maurice Cohn was recently named as the 11th Music Director of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Recent engagements include the Cincinnati Symphony, Utah Symphony, Amarillo Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, and Symphoria New York. He was Assistant Conductor of the Aspen Music Festival in 2022 and will return for another season in 2023.
With the DSO, Maurice’s performance highlights include the world premiere of Mason Bates’s Philharmonia Fantastique, the second-ever performance of Gabriela Ortiz’s Yanga, and a concert performance of selections from Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones. Recent seasons have also seen frequent appearances with the Chicago-based contemporary ensemble Zafa Collective and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble.
Maurice spent two summers as a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, where he received the Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize and the Aspen Conducting Prize, and he received an M.M. in conducting from the Eastman School of Music, where he worked frequently with the Eastman orchestras and OSSIA New Music Ensemble. He holds a B.M. in cello performance from Oberlin Conservatory and a B.A. from Oberlin College, where he studied history and mathematics. When not conducting or playing cello, you can find him reading mystery novels, playing tennis, or continually searching for the best podcast app.
The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is West Virginia’s premier performing arts organization, presenting classical and pops concerts annually throughout the Mountain State. Currently in its 85th season, the WVSO is a proud member of the community and enriches the region by providing affordable, high-quality concerts, collaborations with West Virginia arts organizations and a nationally award-winning education program.
Tickets are $45/adults and $20/students. Discounts are available for Carnegie Hall members, senior citizens, and military. To purchase tickets, call Carnegie Hall Box Office at 304-645-7917, visit www.carnegiehallwv.org, or stop by at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, West Virginia. Carnegie Hall Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The WVSO performance is presented with support from ZMM Architects and Engineers, with additional funding provided by the James F. B. Peyton Fund, The Daywood Foundation, The Herscher Foundation, and The Bernard H. & Blanche E. Jacobson Foundation.
Carnegie Hall WV is a nonprofit organization supported by individual contributions, grants, and fundraising efforts such as TOOT and The Carnegie Hall Gala. The Hall is located at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV. For more information, please call 304-645-7917 or visit www.carnegiehallwv.org.
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