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Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra Concert
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The Friends of Music will present a Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra concert in
Shepherdstown, W.Va. on Saturday, Nov. 18 at Trinity Episcopal Church at 7:30 p.m.
Entitled "Joyful Noise," it will feature three works: "Träumerei," by Robert
Schumann; Prokofiev's 2nd Violin Concerto; and Beethoven's 7th Symphony.
The featured soloist will be violinist Ruotao Mao.
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 November 5).
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
Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra Music Director Jed Gaylin will conduct. Gaylin
says the evening's program "will demonstrate that classical music can, quite
simply, be a lot of fun, and this is fun on overdrive!”
The concert will open with Schumann's "Träumerei," a short, beautiful work
that the legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz frequently played as an encore.
"It may look simple on the page," Horowitz said, "but it is a masterpiece."
Prokofiev’s 2nd Violin Concerto is one of the finest examples of the
composer's effort to establish a "new simplicity" in music, centered on
Beethoven’s 7th Symphony is full of relentless energy. It is generally
regarded as one of the most innovative, compelling, and ecstatic symphonies
Mr. Mao, the violin soloist, is a native of Beijing, China who graduated from
the New England Conservatory of Music with a "distinction in performance"
award. He currently teaches violin and chamber music at The College of New
Jersey and is the concertmaster of the Delaware Valley Philharmonic
Orchestra, the Riverside Symphonia, the Bay Atlantic Symphony and most
recently, the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra. The Classical Network of New
Jersey has described his playing as a "virtuoso display of world-class
This concert is dedicated to the memory of the late Sherman Ross of
Shepherdstown, a longtime Friends of Music patron, by his wife Elinor.
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. Gaylin was named Music Director in 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.