"Once I hear how it sounds and then Grant hears how it sounds - anything's game," DuBois said.
The two French pieces complement each other nicely because they show the progression of the French style of music, DuBois said. Poulenc's Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings in G Minor was written in the 1930s, while Saint-Saens' Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op 78 was written in the late 1800s.
"And the Bartok piece fits nicely with those two as a contrast, but within the same kind of cultural approach," DuBois said. The symphony will perform Bartok's Music from The Miraculous Mandarin, Op 19, Sz. 73.
DuBois said he was drawn to the organ as a boy. His dad is a retired United Methodist minister who was called to churches around West Virginia.
"There was something about the sound of the organ and the different sounds it could produce," DuBois said of his fascination. "I would hang around after church and listen to the organist practice. Sometimes she would let me sit up and play different keys."
He began his studies with piano and by second grade was taking both piano and organ lessons.
As a teacher, DuBois is gratified to see students interested in the organ - something that wasn't happening so much 25 years ago. He credits the American Guild of Organists for making a concerted effort to cultivate young players.
"And that's really paid off - we're now seeing the fruits of that," he said.
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.
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If you go
What: West Virginia Symphony with guest Peter DuBois
When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: Clay Center
Tickets: $15 to $67
Info:www.theclaycenter.org or 304-561-3570
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