WV Symphony Orchestra brings ‘Sounds of the Season’ to Lewisburg


LEWISBURG, W.Va. – Carnegie Hall presents the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, “Celebrating the Sounds of the Season,” Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. The performance will be led by new Orchestra Director Maurice Cohn. 

A two-time recipient of the Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Cohn was named as the 11th Music Director of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2023 season. Recent engagements include the Cincinnati Symphony, Utah Symphony, Amarillo Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, and Symphoria New York. He was Assistant Conductor of the Aspen Music Festival in 2022 and will return for another season in 2023.

Maurice’s performance highlights include the world premiere of Mason Bates’s Philharmonia Fantastique, the second ever performance of Gabriela Ortiz’s Yanga, and a concert performance of selections from Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones. Recent seasons have also seen frequent appearances with the Chicago-based contemporary ensemble Zafa Collective and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble.

Maurice Cohn, 11th director of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Maurice spent two summers as a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, where he received the Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize and the Aspen Conducting Prize, and he received an M.M. in conducting from the Eastman School of Music, where he worked frequently with the Eastman orchestras and OSSIA New Music Ensemble. He holds a B.M. in cello performance from Oberlin Conservatory and a B.A. from Oberlin College, where he studied history and mathematics. When not conducting or playing cello, you can find him reading mystery novels, playing tennis, or continually searching for the best podcast app.

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is West Virginia’s premier performing arts organization, presenting classical and pops concerts annually throughout the Mountain State. Currently in its 85th season, the WVSO is a proud member of the community and enriches the region by providing affordable, high-quality concerts, collaborations with West Virginia arts organizations and a nationally award-winning education program.

Tickets are $45/adults and $20/students. Discounts are available for Carnegie Hall members, senior citizens, and military. To purchase tickets, call Carnegie Hall Box Office at 304.645.7917, visit www.carnegiehallwv.org, or stop by at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, West Virginia.  Carnegie Hall Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.


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