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West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

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One Clay SquareCharlestonWest Virginia 25301
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Attend a West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Performance

Founded in 1939, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) performs at the Clay Center in Charleston. This renowned orchestra has played with some of the greatest performers in the world, including Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, and Kathleen Battle. The WVSO performs seasonal shows, as well specialty programs, such as the Symphony Chorus and Young People's concerts. As West Virginia's premiere arts organization, the symphony presents more than 50 concerts every year.


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Box Office
  • Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 6pm
  • Saturday 9:30am to 5pm
  • Sunday 11:30am to 5pm

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Prices vary


  • Montclaire String Quartet - March 24th
  • Symphony at the Circus - March 13th
  • Symphonic Series (Bruckner 8) - March 1st & 2nd


  • Classical symphony performances
  • Quarter performances
  • Pops Orchestra performances
  • Movie Music Shows

The symphony

The symphony has many educational programs, including the Artist Master Classes, a series of private lessons with an audience. These public classes allow people of all ages to participate as performers and as observers. As part of class curriculum, certain schools allow students to attend free shows. Participating colleges include: West Virginia State University, University of Charleston, and WVU. Additionally, annual donors can sit in on a number of rehearsals each year.

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) was founded in 1939, when 55 musicians got together for a rehearsal as the Charleston Civic Orchestra. William R. Wiant directed their first concert. The Orchestra has continued to grow over the years, under the guidance of many fine directors. In 2003, under leadership of the WVSO Artistic Director & Conductor, Grant Cooper, The WVSO held its Inaugural Concert for the Maier Foundation Performance Hall, part of the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia. The Symphony has played at the Clay Center ever since and has welcomed some of the greatest performers in the world. The WVSO also travels to other cities, joining arms with some of the country’s leading music companies for special performances.


  • All performances are recommended, though the most popular include the City National Bank Family Discovery Series, collaboration shows with the Charleston Ballet, and Young People’s concerts, The WVSO occasionally perform special shows featuring tunes chosen by the fans.
  • Yes, the Clay Center has a food court downstairs.

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