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Berkeley Springs music briefs

July 17, 2007

Symphony to perform at local high school

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The West Virginia Symphony will make its first appearance in Berkeley Springs with a performance of Romantic Masterpieces on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Connie Perry Community Auditorium at Berkeley Springs High School.

This is the only performance of the state's premier orchestra in the region.

The event would mark the first opportunity many students and adults in Morgan County would have to see and hear a full symphony orchestra.

Led by conductor Grant Cooper and featuring cello soloist Joyon Pegis, the orchestra will perform works by Richard Wagner, Antonin Dvorak and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

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Based at the Clay Center in Charleston, W.Va., the nearly 70-year-old West Virginia Symphony performs regularly throughout the state and outside its borders, including the Kennedy Center.

Only 300 tickets are available for the symphony performance. Tickets may be purchased at the Berkeley Springs Library, the Chamber of Commerce office/Visitors Center and the Ice House Gallery.

For more information, call 304-258-9147.




Reggae featured at Saturday night show

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Expect island rhythms with a sweet flavor from the Unity Reggae Band performing in the Morgan Arts Council's free summer concert series at Berkeley Springs State Park on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

The Ice House is the rain location.

The five-piece group hails from Baltimore and has been touring the United States and Jamaica for nearly two decades. The group's music blends roots favorites and unique originals performed with harmonies, horn lines and solos.

Unity Reggae has released two CDs and is working on a third.

The MAC Summer Concerts in the Park are sponsored by Carl M. Freeman Foundation. Additional funding for the free concert is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, West Virginia Commission on the Arts and local hotel/motel tax revenues. For more information about the Morgan Arts Council and the calendar of upcoming concerts, visit www.macicehouse.org or call 304-258-2300.

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