The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a season that includes compositions by its own conductor and by a Charleston native, along with music of The Rolling Stones and concerts featuring guest artists from around the world.
The 75th anniversary coincides with the state's sesquicentennial and the 10th anniversary of the Clay Center, where the symphony makes its home.
Symphony conductor Grant Cooper also said he's facing a personal milestone - he turns 60 in December. He joked it might be the last year the audience sees him don his traditional Christmas elves boots standing on one foot at a time during the holiday concert.
Cooper said the 2013-2014 season, which kicks off in September, comes together a little like a puzzle piece, with guest artists hired, repertoires selected and concerts scheduled.
"We're very well aware of your tastes and interests," he said to a group that included series subscribers Wednesday afternoon.
The season also takes into account his goal to add new pieces, feature new artists and find opportunities for the symphony's musicians to grow.
He pointed out that the symphony's major sponsors, including the Capitol Conference Center, ZMM Architects & Engineers and City National Bank, help keep ticket prices affordable for all and noted single adult tickets are as low as $10.