Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra Concert
March 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm$30
The Friends of Music will present a Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra concert in Shepherdstown, WV on Saturday, March 30.
The concert will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church at 7:30 p.m.
Entitled “String Fling,” it will feature the world premiere of the string version of “Into the Liquid,” a work by J. Kimo Williams. Williams is a nationally recognized composer who now lives in Shepherdstown.
The program will also include a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14 by another Shepherdstown virtuoso, pianist Scott Beard, and a performance of Mendelssohn’s Sinfonia No. 8 in D.
The Orchestra’s music director, Jed Gaylin, will conduct.
J. Kimo Williams has written five string quartets and several jazz-influenced large-ensemble works. His symphonies have been performed by the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Atlanta, Savannah, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Alabama and Dallas among many others. Many of his compositions are inspired by his experience and interest in the military, including the award-winning “Symphony for the Sons of Nam.” He retired to Shepherdstown with his wife, Carol, in 2015 after a 30-year teaching career in Chicago.
Dr. Beard, who is currently Shepherd University’s Provost, coordinated the University’s keyboard studies for many years. He has long been widely regarded as both an outstanding teacher and a highly accomplished pianist. He has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral soloist in concerts throughout the United States and seven other nations.
Admission to the concert will be free for Friends of Music members. The ticket price for others will be $30 per person ($27.50 before March 17). Tickets can be purchased on the Friends’ website at www.friendswv.org; or by mail (FOM, PO Box 220, Shepherdstown, WV 25443); or, if space is available, at the church the evening of the performance. Visa and Master Card will be accepted.
The Friends of Music are a non-profit organization that was founded in 1999 to support and promote musical excellence. The Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra was established by the Friends in 2007 and held its first concert in the fall of 2008. Gaylin has been music director since 2012. He also serves as the music director of Baltimore’s Hopkins Symphony Orchestra and the Bay Atlantic Symphony in New Jersey, and is an Artist in Residence at New Jersey’s Stockton University.
This year’s Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra Concerts are being supported by a grant from the WV Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.
Full information about the Friends, the Orchestra, and the concert season is available at www.friendswv.org.