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The horn section of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. The symphony will present Celebration of Keys at 2:30 p.m. on November 14 at Blennerhassett School in Parkersburg. (Photo provided)

PARKERSBURG – The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will present Celebration of Keys on November 13-14 in Charleston and Parkersburg during its 2021-22 season.

The symphony will be back on stage for its second concert in the Elliot Foundation Symphony Series at 7:30 p.m. on November 13 at the Clay Center in Charleston.

The symphony will perform Celebration of Keys at 2:30 p.m. on November 14 at Blennerhassett Middle School in Parkersburg in a performance hosted by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Parkersburg. Tickets and concert information are available at, at the door, or by calling 888 699-8767. A conference will take place before the concert on site at 1:30 p.m.

The concert begins with musical director Lawrence Loh leading the symphony through a performance by Adolphus Hailstork “An American stopover.”

The opening, established in 1985, is an ode to the energy and business that surrounds Norfolk, the port town where Hailstork lived at the time. Most recently, Hailstork received a Distinguished Alumna Award from the Manhattan School of Music, making him the first black composer to receive this honor.

Maestro Lawrence Loh of the Parkersburg West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Tickets and information for the Keys Celebration on November 14 in Parkersburg are available at, at the door, or by calling 888 699-8767. (Photo provided)

“I met Adolphus Hailstork while conducting his music with the Pittsburgh Symphony several years ago”, said music director Lawrence Loh. “Dr. Hailstork is an important American composer, a kind person and a unique voice in our musical landscape.

Fan favorite pianist Jon Nakamatsu returns to Charleston to perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.2. Nakamatsu is no stranger to the symphony family as he helped choose the orchestra’s Steinway piano years ago.

The program ends with a performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5.

“Jon Nakamatsu is a pianist and a human being of supreme beauty and this is a long-awaited rescheduling due to the pandemic,” he added. Loh said. “Jon’s Rachmaninoff is exquisite, and it will be great to see it again with our WVSO musicians with that characteristic of the repertoire.”

The Elliot Foundation Symphony Series concert is made possible by the generous support of The Elliot Foundation, Cecil I. Walker Charitable Trust, City National Bank, AC&S Incorporated and Steptoe and Johnson, PLLC. Tickets start at $ 13 and are available at, by visiting the Clay Center box office, or by calling 304-561-3570.

To maintain the health and safety of clients, musicians and staff, for all clients over 2 years of age, wearing a mask will be compulsory for the duration of the concert, regardless of vaccination status. The symphony also requires participants to maintain a distance from each other when in common areas, such as the ticketing hall, large hall, and bathrooms.

The symphony encourages all eligible people to get vaccinated to reduce the potential for the unconscious spread of COVID-19.

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is West Virginia’s premier performing arts organization, presenting concerts of classical and pop music throughout the Mountain State each year. The symphony is in its 83rd season.

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