Students To Participate in Chamber Orchestra Concert

Four student musicians from the Berkeley County Orchestra Program have been chosen to participate in the next Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra concert on March 24.

The concert is sponsored by the Friends of Music. It will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Shepherdstown.

Entitled “Pipe Dreams,” it will feature Handel’s Overture to “Theodora,” two concertos for organ and orchestra by Handel, and Respighi’s Suite for Strings.

The Berkeley County students who will be participating in the concert are shown in the accompanying photograph. They are, from left to right: Dalton Kendig, Hedgesville High School; Elena Ross, who is home schooled; Haylee Harding, Musselman High School; Kevin Hugas, Mountain Ridge Middle School.
They will join the Orchestra’s regular musicians for the performance of the Handel Overture.

All four of the students are enrolled in the Berkeley County Orchestra Program, which is also known as the Berkeley County Strings Program. The Program, which was initiated in 1996, provides string-instrument education to more than 600 students in the county’s high schools, middle schools and intermediate schools. It also maintains two select orchestral ensembles for high school and middle school students.

Friends of Music President Linda Walker said the students’ participation in the March 24 concert is part of an ongoing effort by the Friends to support music education in local elementary and secondary schools.

“All four of these young men and women are exceptionally talented and hard-working,” Walker said. “We’re delighted to be able to give them an opportunity to perform side-by-side with members of our Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, who are all professionals, in a live concert setting. This should be a great learning experience for them.”

Admission to the concert will be free for Friends of Music members. The ticket price for others will be $25 per person ($22.50 before March 11). Tickets can be purchased on the Friends’ website at http://www.friendswv.org; or by mail (FOM, PO Box 220, Shepherdstown, WV 25443); or, if space is available, at the church the evening of the performance.

The Friends of Music is a Shepherdstown-based, non-profit organization that was founded in 1999 to support and promote musical excellence. Its Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra is the only professional classical music orchestra in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, and one of only three of such orchestras in the state.
Full information about the Friends and the Orchestra is available at http://www.friendswv.org.