Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra sets spring concert

WSO Picture Peter Wilson-3The Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Dr. Peter Wilson, concludes its 2014-2015 season on Saturday April 18th  and Sunday April 19th.  Titled “Decadent Dvořák ,” this concert features Dvořák’s works including The Carnival Overture, Symphony No. 8 and his Cello concerto with soloist Jennifer Kloetzel.

Concert dates are Saturday, April 18th, 7:30 p.m. at Staunton’s First Presbyterian Church and Sunday, April 19th, 3 p.m. at Waynesboro’s First Presbyterian  Church. No tickets are required for these freeconcerts, however, contributions are gratefully accepted.

For more details, visit www.WSOMusic.org.

A graduate of The Juilliard School and a Fulbright Grant winner, cellist Jennifer Kloetzel has concertized across the United States, Europe and Asia. A founding member of the Cypress String Quartet, Ms. Kloetzel has toured the world and performed at outstanding venues such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Chautauqua Institute and the Ravinia Festival, as well as leading Colleges nationwide.

Ms. Kloetzel is noted for her elegant playing and has given numerous recitals, including concerts for San Francisco Performances and on WQXR in New York. Most recently, she performed the world premiere of a Cello Suite by Daniel Asia and a Cello Concerto that was written for her by MIT composer Elena Ruehr. The San Jose Mercury News proclaimed, “Cellist Jennifer Kloetzel shines in premiere” and called her a “terrific soloist…with a robust and earthy sound.” She is winner of The Juilliard School’s top award, the “Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Leadership and Achievement in Music”, and a Presser Music Award, as well as a Fulbright Grant to England. In 2004 she was honored with the McGraw-Hill Companies’ “Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach” in recognition of years of outreach work in schools and community centers. She has appeared at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Sarasota and Aspen Music Festivals, the Britten-Pears School, the Prague Mozart Academy, and performed as cellist of the Cassatt Quartet during the 1995-96 season.

Together with her colleagues in the Cypress String Quartet, she has been featured numerous times on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” and performances have been broadcast on radio stations from coast to coast. The Cypress String Quartet has received the Copland Award for championing living American Composers and has also commissioned and premiered more than thirty works. Ms. Kloetzel has recorded 14 CDs with the CSQ, most recently an all-Dvorak disc on the Avie label. She has performed as principal cellist of the Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Baltimore Opera and the Juilliard Orchestra (under Maestro Kurt Masur), and has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras, performing concertos by Dvorak, Elgar and Haydn.

Ms. Kloetzel plays a cello by Hieronymus Amati II, made in Cremona in 1701.

Music Director, Dr. Peter Wilson is an engaging and multifaceted American violinist and conductor whose musicianship has been noted as “first-class” by The Washington Post. He currently serves as Music Director of the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra, was recently appointed Music Director of the Richmond Philharmonic and has conducted the National Symphony Orchestra as well as the National Gallery Orchestra. Highly respected throughout our Nation’s Capital, he has served as a violinist of The White House for two decades and is an active chamber musician, concertmaster, recording artist, and performance clinician throughout the United States.

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