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Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra opens 20th season at Paramount Theater


Performance nightThe Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra highlights its 20th season with its annual concert at Charlottesville’s Paramount Theater on Friday, Oct. 23.

The concert, appropriately titled “Symphonic Masquerade – an Evening of Global Espionage,” features music, “from Russia with Love,” by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Shostakovich plus, “for the spies all around us,” favorite spy themes from television and film.  Under the direction of Director of Music, Peter Wilson, this festive occasion promises to engage the audience with celebrated repertoire in a Pops concert theme, sure to inspire all ages.  Costume attire is welcome.

Orchestra Level tickets are $30.00 and include hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Orchestra tickets for Students are only $ 10.00. At this date, balcony level seats are sold out.

Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased by visiting www.TheParamount.net or WaynesboroSymphonyOrchestra.org or by calling the Paramount Box Office at 434-979-1333.

Peter Wilson-Music Director- is an engaging and multifaceted violinist and conductor whose musicianship has been noted as “first-class” by The Washington Post. He has served as Music Director of the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra since 2007 and was appointed Music Director of the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra in 2013 following a national search that included over 75 applicants.  He has performed as a violinist of The White House for over two decades and serves as String Section Commander for “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. Highly respected throughout the National Capital Region, he is also Concertmaster of the American Festival Pops Orchestra and has conducted such renowned institutions as the National Symphony Orchestra and the National Gallery Orchestra. He holds music degrees from Northwestern University and The Catholic University of America where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts.

Dr. Wilson began his professional career as Concertmaster of the Walt Disney World Orchestra. For over 12 years, he served as a lecturer at Catholic University where he was Resident Conductor of the CU Symphony Orchestra while teaching courses in conducting and string techniques. A musician in great demand for his high energy, versatility and commitment to authenticity, Dr. Wilson is an active guest conductor, soloist, recording artist and performance clinician throughout the United States. He commands respect in genres ranging from classical and jazz to country, folk, and pop/rock and has appeared as violin soloist with such legendary artists as Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, Renée Fleming, Bernadette Peters and Trisha Yearwood. In addition, he has performed chamber music in concert with Ida Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom, and Peter Wiley. He is also cofounder and violinist of the acclaimed string duo “Bridging the Gap” (with double bassist Aaron Clay), which has been hailed for “superior arrangements and uncommon musicianship” by The Washington Post.

Dr. Wilson has soloed in many unique venues including the Presidential Retreat at Camp David, the Vatican before Pope John Paul II, the American Embassy in Paris, and Chicago’s Comiskey Park, where he performed his arrangement of The Star-Spangled Banner to open a Major League Baseball game. In addition, he has appeared in concert with orchestras backing up such performers as Ray Charles, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Johnny Mathis, and Joni Mitchell, as well as Jimmy Page and Robert Plant in their “Zeppelin UnLEDed World Tour.” In 2009, Dr. Wilson performed with Stevie Wonder as part of a 21-piece orchestra at the Library of Congress in the World Premiere of Mr. Wonder’s “Sketches of a Life.”

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Wilson began his musical training at age 2 as a violin student of his mother. He later moved to Morgantown, West Virginia where he became the first musician ever to receive the Governor’s Award for Exceptional Achievement in the Arts. He also studied violin with Linda Cerone, Robert Gerle, Blair Milton, and Donald Portnoy. His primary conducting studies were with Victor Yampolsky and he has trained with Marin Alsop and Gustav Meier. In 2008, Dr. Wilson was one of nine conductors selected to work with Leonard Slatkin in the acclaimed National Conducting Institute in Washington, DC.  Dr. Wilson currently resides in Fairfax, Virginia and is the proud father of three sons.



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