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Symphony Orchestra

Concert IV: April 29, 2021 at 7:30pm

WVU Symphony Orchestra
Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre
Sean Elliott, violin

Mitchell Arnold,  conductor

Live stream only.  To view this concert live on YouTube please click here shortly before the concert begins.  You can also find information on our WVUSO facebook page.

Wasps, a barking dog, a murderous slashing knife, B-flat clarinets, thunder, birds, oppressive summer heat, a swamp, chocolate syrup, competing instrument manufacturers, and many more seeming disparate images are linked in tonight’s final concert by WVUSO for the season.

Our concert opens with a guest chamber group featuring harpist Verena Zaisberger performing Maurice Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro for harp and chamber ensemble.   Then, WVU Doctoral violinist Sean Elliott, winner of this year’s WVU Young Artist Competition, performs Spring and Summer from Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.

Bernard Herrmann’s adaptation of his finely-crafted film score for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1960 film, Psycho, follows.  Written for strings only, the score features one of the most famous and well-known sonic cues in the history of film for the infamous shower-murder scene.  Less well-known is the fact that Hitchcock originally wanted no music for the scene, but Herrmann’s suggestion of shrieking, slashing strings won over the film’s director. 

The concert closes with the first movement, Allegro molto, from Wolfgang Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G Minor.  We are thrilled to be allowed to perform this darkly haunting work with winds, our first such opportunity during this school year.

Sean Elliott

Sean Elliott, violin
Winner of the 2021 Young Artist Competition

PROGRAM

Maurice Ravel
  Introduction and Allegro for harp with string quartet, flute and clarinet

Antonio Vivaldi
  Spring and Summer, from The Four Seasons

Bernard Herrmann
  Psycho: A Narrative for Strings

Wolfgang Mozart
   Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550          


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