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Two Rivers orchestra performs Saturday

By Staff | Mar 12, 2010

Friends of Music presents West Virginia’s newest and much acclaimed Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra in its first concert of 2010. On Saturday, March 13, at 8 p.m., the curtain will go up at the Frank Center, on the campus of Shepherd University. The major sponsor of the evening is BB&T.

The Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Mark McCoy, chairman of the Shepherd University Music Department.

“This will be our most exciting concert to date,” said McCoy. “The Shostakovich Festive overture sets the stage, The Mozart Clarinet Concerto is one of the most perfect pieces ever written and the Mrquez Conga del Fuego Nuevo (the New Fire Tango) is an exciting way to close the first half. David Drosinos, our clarinet soloist for the Mozart, is one of the most brilliantly sensitive musicians anywhere. The second half of our concert is Beethoven’s towering Seventh Symphony. Richard Wagner called this work ‘the apotheosis of the dance’ and dance we will. This is one not to be missed.”

Founded by the Friends of Music in 2007, 2RCO is comprised of the finest musicians in the Baltimore-Washington area, including many faculty members of the Shepherd University Music Department. West Virginia’s newest professional orchestra has been serving the region the best in orchestral concerts and accomplishing a bold mission of changing the way people think about “classical” music.

Other upcoming Friends of Music concerts this season are:

Chopin Celebration, Friday, March 26, at 8 p.m.

REBEL Baroque, Wednesday, March 31, at 8 p.m.

A German Requiem-Masterworks Chorale, Sunday, May 2, at 7 p.m.

On Friday, March 12, the public is cordially invited to “Lunch with Friends” at the Bavarian Inn, Shepherdstown. Dr. Mark McCoy, chairman of the SU Department of Music and conductor of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, will present highlights of the upcoming concert.

– For ticket, luncheon and concert information, and to learn more about the Friends of Music, please visit www.sufom.org or call (304) 876.5765