Thursday (3/4) on the West Virginia Public Broadcasting website, Mona Seghatoleslami writes that the Charleston-based West Virginia Symphony “performs music by Bartok and Tchaikovsky this weekend, but they are also looking ahead. Wednesday, they announced the programs for their next season, which begins in September. Artistic Director Maestro Grant Cooper introduced the programs, and explained what influences their musical choices. … Opening weekend, the symphony will be joined by soloists from other orchestra. David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Carter Brey, principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic, will play the Double Concerto by Brahms. Violinist and composer Mark O’Connor will visit in November to perform his Fiddle Concerto for a concert that will also include the world premiere of Grant Cooper’s Appalachian Autumn. … Other highlights include symphonies by Beethoven and Brahms, the Carnival of the Animals, and music by Stravinsky, Mahler, and Debussy. … The Symphony continues to look even further ahead—to a proposed concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City during their 2013-14 season.”

Posted March 5, 2010