Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra Rings in Spring

Shepherdstown, WV - Friends of Music presents West Virginia's newest and much acclaimed the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra in its first concert of 2010. On Saturday, March 13 at 8:00 PM, the curtain will go up at the Frank Center, on the campus of Shepherd University.

The Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Mark McCoy, chairman of the Shepherd University Music Department. "This will be our most exciting concert to date." Said McCoy. "The Shostakovich Festive overture sets the stage, The Mozart Clarinet Concerto is one of the most perfect pieces ever written and the Marquez Conga del Fuego Nuevo (the New Fire Tango) is an exciting way to close the first half. David Drosinos, our clarinet soloist for the Mozart, is one of the most brilliantly sensitive musicians anywhere. The second half of our concert is Beethoven's towering Seventh Symphony. Richard Wagner called this work "the apotheosis of the dance" and dance we will. This is one not to be missed."

"The program is guaranteed to excite the full range of listeners, from those steeped in the traditional classical music of the 18th and 19th centuries to those who respond to today's rhythms and melodies." said Dr. Rob Northrup, Friends of Music board president. "The Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra will convince every member of the audience they have heard music that is special, music they love. It will leave them wanting more."

Founded by The Friends of Music in 2007, 2RCO is comprised of the finest musicians in the Baltimore-Washington area, including many faculty members of the Shepherd University Music Department. West Virginia's newest professional orchestra has been serving the region the best in orchestral concerts and accomplishing a bold mission of changing the way people think about "classical" music.

We believe that the modern orchestra can be a powerful voice and that our innovative programming serves as a bridge from the past to the present and even the future. In a single season you will hear some of the finest masterpieces ever written by the giants of music- Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart. And you will also hear composers undeservedly less familiar like Marquez, Curiale or Piazzola, composers that bring an entirely new perspective to their work and who enlighten our own time on the planet. 2RCO concerts don't just expound-- they sing--they dance and they proclaim the power of music for all generations.

The 2RCO is dedicated to reaching out to that next generation through 2RCO and the free ticket program for students, outreach concerts in schools, pre-concert lectures and presentations and a host of other initiatives. When you come to a 2RCO concert, you are not coming to a museum-- you are coming to a reflection of and on the world in which you live.

Future Friends of music concerts this season are: Chopin Celebration, Friday, March 26 at 8:00 PM (Bonus event for subscribers) REBEL Baroque, Wednesday, March 31 at 8:00 PM Masterworks Chorale, Sunday, May 2 at 7:00 PM

On Friday, March 12 the public is cordially invited to "Lunch with Friends" at the Bavarian Inn, Shepherdstown. Dr. Mark McCoy, chairman of the SU Dept. of Music and conductor of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, will present highlights of the upcoming concert.

The curtain goes up at the Frank Center on the campus of Shepherd University at 8:00 pm. The major sponsor of the evening is B B and T.

For ticket, luncheon and concert information, and to learn more about the Friends of Music, please visit www.sufom.org or call 304.876.5765