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Friends of Music launches new season

By Staff | Aug 28, 2015

Shepherdstown’s Friends of Music will launch its 2015-2016 performance season with a concert by the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra on Saturday, Nov. 7. The concert will be held at Shepherdstown’s Trinity Episcopal Church at 7:30 p.m. The orchestra’s music director, Jed Gaylin, will conduct.

This will be the first time the orchestra has performed at the Church. Dr. Gaylin says a main reason for choosing the church was its superb acoustics. In keeping with this move to a new venue, the concert will be entitled “Brilliant Beginnings.”

Three works will be featured: “Last Round,” a piece for double string quartet and bass by Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov, one of the most sought after modern composers; Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64, with violinist Jorge vila; and Beethoven’s Symphony No.1 in C Major, Op. 21.

Admission will be free for Friends of Music members. The ticket price for others will be $25 per person. Tickets and Friends’ memberships 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.

In addition to on-street parking in the vicinity of the church, free parking will be available at the Bavarian Inn parking lot, with free shuttle bus service to and from the concert.

The other concerts in the Friends of Music’s 2015-2016 performance season will be as follows:

Saturday, Jan. 16. Two Rivers String Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Shepherdstown Opera House.

Saturday, March 12. Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, featuring Copeland’s Appalachian Spring Suite and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, 7:30 p.m. Trinity Episcopal Church.

Saturday, April 9. Two Rivers Woodwind Quintet, 7:30 p.m. Venue to be determined.

The Friends of Music is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2003 to support and promote musical excellence. It was originally associated with Shepherd University but now operates on its own. It is governed by a board of directors made up of local citizens. The current board president is Shepherdstown attorney Neal Barkus, who previously served as board president from 2010 to 2013.

The Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra is the only professional symphony orchestra in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and one of only three in the state. It was established by the Friends of Music in 2007 and has been sustained by the Friends since its inception. Dr. Gaylin was named Music Director in 2012. He also serves as the Music Director of the Bay Atlantic Symphony, the Principal Guest Conductor of the National Radio and Film Philharmonic, the Principal Conductor of the Cape May Music Festival, and Music Director of the Johns Hopkins University Symphony Orchestra.

Full information about the Friends, the Orchestra, and the concert season is available at www.friendswv.org.