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Orchestra concert will feature iconic works

By Staff | Feb 19, 2016

The Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra will continue its current season with a concert in Shepherdstown on March 12. The concert, which is sponsored by Friends of Music, will feature two iconic works: Aaron Copeland’s “Appalachian Spring Suite” and Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.”

It will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church at 7:30 p.m.

Music Director Jed Gaylin will conduct. Dr. Gaylin says the concert will help usher in the spring with “a program bursting with virtuosity, color and image.”

The “Appalachian Spring” orchestral suite started life as a score for a ballet first performed by the Martha Graham Dance Company in October 1944. Instantly popular, it is universally regarded as an orchestral masterpiece that reflects the American experience.

Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” is another popular masterpiece. Written about 1720, it is a group of four violin concerti that each express a different season of the year. The music is full of an original energy that still resonates deeply with audiences today.

The violin soloist for Four Seasons will be Quing Li, the Baltimore Symphony’s Principal Second Violin and a frequent soloist with that orchestra. Born in China, she studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. She currently performs on a Neopolitan instrument made by Nicolo Gagliano in 1736.

Admission to the concert will be free for Friends of Music members. The ticket price for others will be $25 per person ($22.50 before February 29). 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.

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

The Friends of Music is 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. 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 Hopkins Symphony Orchestra in Baltimore.

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