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2010 NSO American Residency: West Virginia

2010 NSO American Residency: West Virginia

The American Residencies

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  • Kentucky, 2011
  • West Virginia, 2010
  • Arkansas, 2009
  • South Carolina, 2008
  • Kansas, 2007
  • Nebraska, 2006
  • Nevada, 2005
  • North Carolina, 2005
  • Tennessee, 2004
  • North Dakota, 2003
  • South Dakota, 2002
  • Oklahoma, 2001
  • Vermont, 2000
  • Mississippi, 1999
  • Alabama, 1998
  • Arizona, 1997
  • Montana, 1996
  • Wyoming, 1996
  • Maine, 1995
  • Louisiana, 1994
  • Alaska, 1992

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Charleston, WV. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has accepted the invitation from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History to make West Virginia the site of the National Symphony Orchestra's 2010 American Residency. Between April 5 and April 13, 2010, the members of the Orchestra will participate in approximately 150 education and performance activities throughout the state.

The announcement took place on December 3, 2009 in Charleston, at the state capitol building. Participants included West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III and West Virginia Division of Culture and History Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, as well as two representatives from the NSO and the Kennedy Center: NSO Orchestra Manager Cynthia Steele and Patricia O'Kelly, Managing Director of NSO Media Relations.

"Hosting the National Symphony for its American Residency program is an honor for West Virginia," said Governor Manchin. "We are so proud of our state's musical heritage and an opportunity like this one to enhance concert experiences and give our students additional musical education will reinforce the importance of music and the arts in our state."

The impetus for the invitation from West Virginia came from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. The Division will coordinate all Residency activities. The Appalachian Education Initiative, the West Virginia affiliate of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network will coordinate education and outreach programs. American Residencies are sponsored in part by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, as it has been since 1994. Since 2006, the chamber music and outreach performances have been supported by the Kennedy Center Abe Fortas Memorial Fund for chamber music and by a major gift to the fund from the late Carolyn E. Agger, widow of Abe Fortas.

There will be a total of seven orchestral concerts in the state, including one NSO Young People's Concerts in Charleston. Dozens of educational and outreach activities and other events are being planned.

The repertoire for West Virginia's full orchestral concerts will include Three Dance Episodes from Leonard Bernstein's On the Town. Mozart's Symphony No. 38 ("Prague") will follow, and the program will conclude with Dvořák's Symphony No. 8. These programs will be led by the NSO's Principal Conductor Iván Fischer.

The Young People's Concert in Charleston – called Sounds Historic – will be led by NSO Associate Conductor Emil de Cou.

"On behalf of the National Symphony Orchestra, it gives us great pleasure to accept the invitation of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, to make the state our home for the 2010 American Residency," said Orchestra Manager Cynthia Steele. "The American Residency is one of the signature projects of the National Symphony Orchestra and our musicians are incredibly committed and generous with their time and talents."

"We are particularly pleased with the way the National Symphony Orchestra will interact with our teachers, students and artists while in West Virginia," added Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith. "The Orchestra will invite up to six students to Washington to participate in their Summer Music Institute next June, and will award a Teacher Fellowship to one West Virginia teacher, custom designed to further that teacher's career goals. Finally, the NSO will commission a chamber work from a West Virginia composer. This intensive involvement will only add to West Virginia's national reputation as a leader in arts education programming."

Residency Follow-Up Activities

As noted above, the 2010 American Residency does not end when the National Symphony Orchestra leaves West Virginia on April 13.

Summer Music Institute.
Since 1992, the Kennedy Center/ NSO National Trustees' Summer Music Institute – a training program for young orchestral musicians (ages 14-21) from across the country – has welcomed students annually for four weeks of study, rehearsal and coaching sessions. As part of the American Residency, up to six students from West Virginia will be chosen to receive scholarships to the 2010 Summer Music Institute. Students are selected by taped audition. Applications are available from the Appalachian Education Initiative at
Teacher Fellowship.
A West Virginia music teacher will be selected for an individually designed program to further the teacher's professional development. The program will take place in Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center.
Chamber Music Commission.
A West Virginia composer will be selected to create a chamber music work to be premiered at the Kennedy Center.


Schedule of Full Orchestra Concerts
April 5 – 13, 2010

All time periods not involving the full orchestra will be devoted to include education, outreach, and chamber music activities requested by organizations within West Virginia.

Full details of those activities will be announced when the schedule is complete.

Monday, April 5:
Travel from Washington, DC, to Morgantown
Tuesday, April 6:
7:30 PM: Concert at Capitol Theatre, Wheeling
Wednesday, April 7:
7:30 PM: Concert at Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre, West Virginia University, Morgantown
Thursday, April 8:
Education, outreach, and chamber activities.
Friday, April 9:
7:00 PM: Concert at Glenville State College Fine Arts Auditorium, Glenville
Saturday, April 10:
8:00 PM: Concert at Keith Albee Theatre, Huntington
Sunday, April 11:
3:00 PM: Concert at Chuck Mathena Center, Princeton
Monday, April 12:
10:00 AM: NSO Young People's Concert at Clay Center, Charleston
8:00 PM: Concert at Clay Center, Charleston
Tuesday, April 13:
Travel to Washington, DC.
April 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, & 12:
Iván Fischer, conductor
The National Anthem
BERNSTEIN: Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
MOZART: Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K. 504, "Prague"
DVORÁK: Symphony No.8 in G Major, Op. 88

Young People’s Concert, April 12:
Emil de Cou, conductor
"Sounds Historic"
BACH: Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
HAYDN: Andante (Mvt. II) from Symphony No. 94 in G Major, "Surprise"
HAYDN: Allegretto (Mvt. II) from Symphony No. 100 in G Major, "Military"
BEETHOVEN: Finale from Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
TCHAIKOVSKY: Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker
TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture, Op. 49
STRAVINSKY: Excerpts from Le Sacre du printemps [The Rite of Spring]
OFFENBACH: Can Can from Orpheus in the Underworld
BERNSTEIN: "Times Square, 1944" from On the Town
HIGDON: Excerpts from Concerto for Orchestra
SOUSA: The Stars and Stripes Forever