CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Here is a listing for the upcoming season of entertainment and more for the Kanawha Valley and surrounding area.
West Virginia Symphony Orchestra
All symphonic and pops concerts begin at 8 p.m. in the Clay Center Maier Foundation Performance Hall. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.
Capitol Conference Center Symphonic Series:
Season ticket packages are $112, $162, $262 and $327. Individual symphonic tickets are $27.50, $40.50, $56.50 and $68.50.
"Tchaikovsky V": Sept. 20 and 21. Cellist Jolyon Pegis and violinist Maria Schleuning join the orchestra to perform Rozsa's Sinfonia Concertante for violin, cello and orchestra Op. 29; also: Wagner's "Prelude to Die Meistersinger" and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5.
"Copland: Appalachian Spring": Oct. 18 and 19. Trumpeters Vince DiMartino and Rex Richardson join the WVSO in a performance of Paulus' Concerto for Two Trumpets and Orchestra; also: Debussy's "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun," Grant Cooper's "Appalachian Autumn" and Copland's "Appalachian Spring."
"Rach 2": Nov. 15 and 16. Lola Astanova performs Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 Op. 18 with the orchestra. Also: Rimsky-Korsakov's "Overture to Tsar's Bride" and "Scheherazade" as well as Barber's "School for Scandal Overture."
"Brahms No. 1": Jan. 24 and 25. Valentina Lisitsa performs Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 15. The WVSO also performs Sibelius' Symphony No. 1.
"Beethoven Violin Concerto": Feb. 28 and March 1. The Mary Price Ratrie Legacy Concert. Astral Artists violinist Korbinian Altenberger joins the WVSO for Beethoven's Violin Concerto; also on the program is Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica").
"Carmina Burana": May 2 and 3. "Carmina Burana" will be performed by soprano Janet Brown, tenor Gerald T. Gray, baritone Paul Kreider, the West Virginia Symphony Chorus and the West Virginia University Chorus.
ZMM Orchestra Pops Series:
Season ticket packages are $82, $117, $177, and $222. Individual concert tickets are $27.50, $40.50, $56.50, and $68.50.
"Home for the Holidays": Dec. 6 and 7. Favorite holiday music with special touches and unique arrangements by Maestro Cooper.
"Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show": Feb. 7 and 8. The orchestra joins with the internationally acclaimed touring cast and production crew honoring the Rolling Stones.
"The John Williams Experience": March 14 and 15. The orchestra performs movie soundtrack hits from "Star Wars," "Indiana Jones" and "E.T."
"Wicked Divas": April 11 and 12. Concert features diva showstoppers from Broadway, opera and popular music. It includes selections from the Tony Award-winning musicals "Wicked," "Gypsy," "Ragtime," "Titanic" and opera selections from Bizet's "Carmen."
City National Bank Family Discovery Series:
Concerts begin at 11 a.m. in the Clay Center Maier Foundation Performance Hall. Season tickets are $25 for adults and $14 for children. Individual concert tickets are $13.50 for adults and $8.50 for children. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.
"Happy Birthday, West Virginia!": Oct. 19.
"A Celebration of Your Self": March 15. With special guest Slim Goodbody.
"The Music of Harry Potter": April 12.
"Home for Christmas -- The Symphony Tour": 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3. The all-female musical quartet Celtic Woman will perform with the orchestra in a holiday performance co-presented with the Clay Center. Tickets: $45, $65, $79, $89.
"The Nutcracker": 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Tchaikovsky's holiday classic is presented with the Charleston Ballet. Tickets are $24 to $54 for adults, $12 to $34 for children.
Clay Center Presents
All shows are in the Maier Foundation Performance Hall. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.
The Beach Boys: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22. With a laidback, Southern California vibe, they created legendary hits like "Good Vibrations," "Wouldn't it be Nice" and "Surfin' USA." Tickets $45, $58, $68, $75.
"Mountain Stage": 7 p.m. Sept. 28. Ani DiFranco, Dawes, Dave Mason and Red Baraat are the perfect blend of indie, soul, rock and jazz music as each takes a turn bringing their own unique style to the stage. Tickets $30.
Dennis DeYoung: 8 p.m. Oct. 11. "Come Sail Away" with decades of top-10 hits performed by one of the founding members of Styx, a legendary musician with a phenomenal voice that helped rocket the rock band to fame. Tickets $30, $40, $50.
Doobie Brothers: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13. Hear new hits from their latest album, "World Gone Crazy," and American classics like "Black Water" and "Listen to the Music." Tickets $45, $55, $65.
Diana Krall: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20. The award-winning artist will play tracks from her new album, "Glad Rag Doll," along with favorites from her vast and distinguished career. Tickets $40, $60, $75, $89.
Jonas Brothers with Bonnie McKee: 7 p.m. Oct 25. The pop sensations and former Disney stars will perform such hits as "Hold On," "Tonight" and "Paranoid." Tickets $45, $65, $85 and $125.
"Les Miserables": 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1, 2, 8 and 9 and 2 p.m. Nov. 3 and 10. Co-presented with the Charleston Light Opera Guild. The popular musical is an epic tale of passion, sacrifice and redemption. Tickets $25.
Celtic Woman: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Co-presented with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. The angelic vocalists and mesmerizing violinist celebrate Christmas with a wondrous concert to be enjoyed by the entire family. Tickets $45, $65, $79, $89.
Broadway in Charleston
All shows are at the Clay Center and begin at 7:30 p.m., unless noted. Season ticket packages are $235 and $350 for six shows, $190 and $295 for five shows and $145 and $230 for four shows. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.
"West Side Story": 7 p.m. Nov 24. Featuring such classics of the American musical theater as "Something's Coming," "Tonight," "America," "I Feel Pretty" and "Somewhere." Tickets $44.50 and $65.50.
"Elvis Lives": Jan. 7. An unforgettable multimedia and live musical journey across the life of Elvis Presley. Tickets $49.50 and $60.
"The Addams Family": 7 p.m. Jan. 19. Brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch to spooky and spectacular life. Tickets $39.50 and $60.50.
"Hair": Feb. 3. An exuberant musical about a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time. Contains adult themes and material. Tickets $33.50 and $55.
"Million Dollar Quartet": March 27. Inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session where Sam Phillips brought together icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Tickets $44.50 and $65.50.
"Bring It On: The Musical": May 5. A high-flying journey through friendship, forgiveness and determination, with a colorful crew of characters, an exciting fresh sound and explosive dance and aerial stunts. Tickets $33.50 and $55.
Charleston Community Music Association
All concerts are at 3 p.m., except where noted, in Riggleman Hall, University of Charleston. Season tickets: adults $100, youths $20, college students $40. Single-show tickets are $35. Call 304-744-1400.
Back On Broadway: 7 p.m. Sept. 20. An evening of Broadway show tunes, including "The Producers," "South Pacific," "Legally Blonde" and "Avenue Q."
The Glenn Miller Orchestra: Oct. 27. Orchestra of famed bandleader, best known for songs like "In the Mood," "Moonlight Serenade," "Tuxedo Junction" and more.
The Four Freshmen: Nov. 10. Legendary vocal harmony group.
The Legends of Motown and More, starring Horizon: March 2. Finger-snapping, hand-clapping, high-energy hits of Motown.
Liverpool Legends: April 6. Popular Beatles tribute band returns.
Friends Of Old Time Music And Dance
Shows begin at 8 p.m. in the Culture Center Theater. Season tickets: adults $70, students $35. Individual tickets: adults $20, seniors $15 and students $10. Call 304-415-3668 or visit www.footmad.org.
Liz Carroll and Daithi Sproule of Derry: Oct. 12. National Heritage Fellowship award-winning and Grammy-nominated fiddler with one of Irish music's most respected guitar accompanists.
Songs of the Civil War: Nov. 23. Features heritage music with performances by David Norris and the 97th Regimental String Band.
New Year Celebration: Jan. 4. A celebration of the music of Hank Williams, featuring performances by John Lilly, Rob McNurlin with steel guitarist Kayton Roberts, fiddler Buddy Griffin as well Roger Carroll and Ritchie Collins.
Robin Kessinger: Jan. 25. National flat pick guitar champion performs and will also receive FOOTMAD's FOOTbridge award.
Vishten: Feb. 15. Award-winning international Canadian folk trio.
Blind Boy Jerron Paxton: March 1. Multi-instrumentalist bluesman and second cousin to blues icon Robert Johnson.
The Carper Family: April 12. Bluegrass, old-time, country and swing band music.
Shows start at 7 p.m. in the Culture Center Theater unless otherwise noted. Advance tickets $15 and $25 at the door, unless otherwise noted. Call 800-594-8499 unless otherwise noted.
Ani DiFranco, Dawes, Dave Mason and Red Baraat: Sept. 29. Clay Center, Charleston. Advance tickets $30. At the door $35. Call 304-561-3570 or www.claycenter.org.
Ashley Monroe, John Jorgensen Bluegrass Band and Bombadil: Oct. 6. WVU Creative Arts Center, Morgantown. Call 800-745-3000. Advance tickets $30, at the door $35.
Brett Dennan, Joy Kills Sorrow, The James Hunter Six, The Bobs, Dominique Pruitt: Oct. 13.
Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott, Sarah Jarosz, Old Man Luedecke, The Deadly Gentlemen, ETSU Old Time Pride Band: Oct. 20. D.P. Culp University Center, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tenn. Advance tickets $30, at the door $35.
Steep Canyon Rangers, Vieux Farka Toure, Mason Jennings, The Greencards: Oct. 27.
Del McCoury Band, The Travelin' McCourys with special guest Susan Werner, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion: Nov. 3.
Deer Tick, Ed Kowalczyk, The Defibulators, Luray: Nov. 10. WVU Creative Arts Center, Morgantown. Advance tickets $23. At the door $28.
Charleston Chamber Music Society
Concerts begin at 7 p.m. at Christ Church United Methodist, 1221 Quarrier St. Season tickets are $60 for adults, $40 for first-time members and $10 for students. Individual tickets are $20. For more information, call 304-344-5389 or visit www.charlestonchambermusic.org.
American Chamber Players: Sept. 28. Playing violin, viola, cello, flute and piano, the group returns for its third Charleston performance. Miles Hoffman is the director.
Janus Trio: Nov. 9. The all-female group on flute, violin and viola has added 30 pieces written specially for it since 2002.
Atos Trio: Feb.22. The trio (violin, cello and piano) received the BBC's Radio 3's New Generation Artists designation and has been featured by the station the past two years.
Ryan Kennedy: April 5: The Charleston guitarist is a regular on "Mountain Stage" and will play classical guitar.
Bohemian Quartet: May 17. The quartet, playing violin, viola, cello and double bass, performs music in the gypsy tradition and other Eastern European styles.
Montclaire String Quartet
Concerts begin at 3 p.m. in the Erma Byrd Gallery at the University of Charleston. Season ticket packages are $40 for adults and $20 for children. Individual concert tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.
"Vienna Nights": Oct. 6. Mozart's Quartet in F Major, Anton Webern's Langsamer Satz and Brahms' Quartet in B Flat Major.
"Miniatures Revisited": Nov. 24. The quartet will feature a selection of short chamber works.
"New England Patriots": Feb. 2. Charles Ives' String Quartet No. 1, Amy Beach's String Quartet in One Movement Op. 89 and George Chadwick's String Quartet No. 4.
"Lucky Seven": March 23. Haydn's String Quartet, Grant Cooper's "Octagons" and Beethoven's Septet.
Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free. Visit www.womansongchorale.org.
Holiday concert: Dec. 14. Christ Church United Methodist, 1221 Quarrier St. Concert will feature the Con Brio Children's Choir of the Appalachian Children's Choir.
Spring concert: April 26. Location to be announced. Concert will feature American music.
West Virginia Symphony Chorus
Fall performance: 7 p.m. Nov. 17. Christ Church United Methodist, 1221 Quarrier St. The chorus will feature Leonard Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" and works by Bach, Benjamin Britten, John Rutter and Mack Willberg. Free.
The chorus also will be featured in the West Virginia Symphony's "Home for the Holidays" (Dec. 6 and 7) and "Carmina Burana" (May 2 and 3) performances. For more information, contact David Castleberry at 304-696-2963.
West Virginia Youth Symphony
Concerts are at 3 p.m. unless noted. Call 304-561-3542 or visit www.wvyouthsymphony.org.
Winter concert: Dec. 15. Scottish Rite Temple, 406 Capitol St. Tickets $10 for adults, free for children.
Chamber concert: March 16. Kanawha United Presbyterian Church, 1009 Virginia St. E. Tickets $5 for adults, $2 for students and seniors.
Spring concert: May 4. Scottish Rite Temple, 406 Capitol St. Tickets $10 for adults; free for children.
Symphony Sunday concert: June 1, time to be announced. University of Charleston riverbank lawn. Free.
Appalachian Children's Chorus
For more information, visit www.wvacc.org or call 304-343-1111, except where noted.
"Night Journey" concert: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Clay Center. All eight ACC choirs will perform in a holiday celebration along with the Martin Luther King Jr. Male Chorus. A recorder ensemble and brass band also will play. Tickets $15. Call 304-561-3570.
Spring concert 1: 7:30 p.m. April 26, West Virginia State University, Institute. Tickets $12.
Spring concert 2: 3 p.m. April 27, Charleston Baptist Temple, 209 Morris St. Tickets $12.
Appalachian Festival of Young Voices: 7:30 p.m. June 30, Civic Center Little Theater. Free.
University of Charleston Concert Choir
Performances are free and in the Erma Byrd Gallery, Riggleman Hall, University of Charleston. Call 304-357-4903 or visit www.ucwv.edu.
Holiday gala concert: 3:30 p.m. Dec. 8.
Spring concert: 3 p.m. April 27.
Except for "The Nutcracker," performances are at 7:30 p.m. in the Civic Center Little Theater, and tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for students/seniors in advance, $5 more at the door. Call 304-342-6541 or visit www.thecharlestonballet.com.
"Behind Barres: Reality Ballet": Oct. 18 and 19. This mixed-bill program will be an interactive and participatory performance as the audience sees how the training of ballet dancers evolves from the classroom to the stage. Performances will feature music composed by West Virginia Symphony Maestro Grant Cooper, choreography by Christopher Fleming and guest dancers from Ballet Fleming in Philadelphia.
"The Nutcracker": 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Tchaikovsky's holiday classic is co-presented with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and features more than 150 performers. Tickets are $24 to $54 for adults, $12 to $34 for children. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.
"La Bayadere (The Temple Dancer)": March 7 and 8. Set in exotic India, this full-length ballet features a love triangle between Nikiya, a bayadere (temple dancer); Solar, a noble warrior; and Gamzatti, the beautiful daughter of the wealthy raja. Performed with guest dancers from Columbia Classical Ballet of South Carolina.
River City Youth Ballet
Call 304-925-3262 or visit www.rcyb.org.
"Art in Motion": 7 p.m. Nov. 22, Culture Center. An original concept production in collaboration with West Virginia artists and choreographers, including Jeff Pierson, Newman Jackson, Harold Edwards and students from West Virginia State University. Tickets $12 adults, $8 children.
"Nutcracker in Review": 7 p.m. Dec. 14, Old Clendenin Middle School. A shortened rendition of the holiday favorite, designed for all ages. Tickets $3.