CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A John Williams tuba concerto, an organ performance by a former Charlestonian and an audience selected-concert are all in the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra's 2012-2013 season.
Maestro Grant Cooper outlined the season at reception for symphony supporters and musicians on Wednesday.
"We have a very unique and important function," he said. "We don't look for outside acts to pay them big bucks to take back to California or New York. Sixty-five percent of our budget is spent in the Kanawha Valley."
That money is used for salaries, meals and lodging for the musicians.
One of those musicians joined Cooper at the podium. Principal tubist Aubrey Foard promised that the tuba concerts on tap for Oct. 19 and 20 "are audience friendly, very enjoyable."
The Capitol Conference Center Symphonic Series opens Sept. 21 and 22 with "Grieg Piano Concerto" featuring Antonio Poma-Baldi on piano. Following the program "Respighi: Fountains of Rome" (with the tuba concertos), will be "Mendelssohn: Scottish Symphony" on Nov. 8 and 9; the orchestra will perform Felix Mendelssohn's "The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave) and his "Symphony No. 3 in A minor (Scottish). Violinist Michael Ludwig, the concert master for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, is the guest artist for that program.
The West Virginia Symphony Chorus, conducted by David Castleberry, will appear with the orchestra in presenting Mozart's "Requiem" and Brahm's "Tragic Overtone" on Jan. 25 and 26, 2013.
Cooper said the orchestra will undertake the challenge to grow in order "to bring off the cathedral of sounds" in Anton Bruckner's "Symphony No. 8 in C minor" for the "Bruckner 8" program on March 1 and 2, 2013. Pianist Alexandre Motouzkine will be the guest artist.