WANT TO GO?
West Virginia Symphony Orchestra
With organist Peter DuBois
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday
WHERE: Clay Center
TICKETS: starting at $12 adults, $6 students and children
INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.org
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- This weekend, Peter DuBois joins the West Virginia Symphony as soloist in Poulenc's Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in G Minor and to play Saint-Saens' Organ Symphony. It will be his first performance with the orchestra since 1995, when he played Steven Paulus' Organ Concerto and the Saint-Saens.
It also will be a bit of a homecoming for the soloist from Rochester, N.Y. He served as the organist and director of music at Christ Church United Methodist in Charleston for 10 years, until 1991. He now teaches at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester.
In a telephone interview, he was asked about Poulenc, Saint-Saens and the challenges of working with an unfamiliar organ.
"Poulenc [who lived from 1899-1963] wrote accessible music in this concerto. It is well known to organ lovers, but it is approachable for general audiences.
"It's got a bit of everything Poulenc embodies musically: the 'Gay Paris' part, that quality of 1920's Parisian music, plus angular and dissonant music and lovely melodies.