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  • Dec 01, 7:00 PM
    Paramount Arts Center, 1300 Winchester Ave, Ashland, KY 41101, USA
    A popular family holiday tradition, the Nutcracker is the perfect balm to soothe the hectic holiday season, and to bond with your nearest and dearest. With gorgeous costumes and sets, magnificent dancing from the Ashland Youth Ballet, and Tchaikovsky's glorious score!
  • Dec 18, 7:30 PM
    The Foundry Theater Huntington City Hall, 800 5th Ave, Huntington, WV 25701, USA
    Join the HSO for our “Home for the Holidays” concert: A heartwarming collection of your favorite holiday musical stories. You won't want to miss it! Featuring special guest vocalists J. Mark McVey and Christy Tarr-McVey, HSO Symphony Chorus, and special guests!
  • Jan 27, 2024, 7:30 PM
    First Presbyterian Church, 1015 5th Ave, Huntington, WV 25701, USA
    Your Huntington Symphony Orchestra opens 2024 with the epic music of these two legendary composers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Joseph Bologne Chevalier de St. Georges. Featuring vocalists Michele Byrd Gerlach, Eric Brown. Leah Heater and Matthew Moore, along with the HSO Chorus!
  • Feb 16, 2024, 7:30 PM
    St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1304 6th Ave, Huntington, WV 25701, USA
    This Valentine's weekend, make a date to join our string quartet for this love-filled concert, featuring some of the greatest love songs of our era, hand-selected by our guest vocalist, Ryan Hardiman. It all comes together under the warm, ambient glow of hundreds of candles at this beautiful venue!
  • Apr 27, 2024, 7:30 PM
    Smith Recital Hall at Marshall, Smith Music Building, Marshall University, Hal Greer Blvd &, 3rd Ave, Huntington, WV 25755, USA
    Featuring HSO Chorus and HSO String Quartet. So many beautiful selections of choral music feature stunning solo and string sections as we "...awake the voice, awake the string!" Work will include Handel, Whitacre, Brahms, Copland, and other standards of the Choral Canon.
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The Huntington Symphony Orchestra is a “child” of the first orchestra organized in West Virginia in the late 1930s as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA).  This orchestra grew and thrived well into the mid-1950s, playing concerts of interest to the community and hosting great artists.  Some of the greatest musicians include the New York Philharmonic with Arthur Rubenstein, William Kappell, Jose Iturbi, Risa Stevens, Yehudi Mhenuin, Sergi Rachmaninoff, and Laurence Melchoir- all either playing with the orchestra or performing at the Keith Albee Arts Center in Huntington.  At this time, it was said that Huntington was considered 'the major cultural performance stop' between New York and Chicago. 

After a 20 year dark period, Dr. Paul W. Whear (an accomplished composer and Chairman of the Marshall University Music Department) envisioned a group of talented musicians providing classical music for the citizens of the tri-state area.  In 1970, he gathered a group of 35 plus musicians from Marshall University and the local area that entertained for the love of music.  On May 2, 1971 these musicians, with Dr. Whear as conductor, performed the inaugural concert for the dedication of the Grace Rardin Doherty Auditorium at the Huntington Galleries.  It was after this concert that he and Dr. Paul Balshaw formalized what became known as the Huntington Chamber Orchestra. The orchestra grew out of a commitment by these musicians to cultivate classical performing arts in the tri-state area. The Huntington Chamber Orchestra Association was originally chartered December 17, 1970 and performances were held at the Huntington Galleries in the Grace Rardin Doherty Auditorium.

In May of 1997 at a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Huntington Chamber Orchestra, the members voted to change its name to the Huntington Symphony Orchestra Association. It became official in 2003.  To carry on the mission of the symphony’s historical predecessors, the HSOA focuses on three main areas of operation: classical performances, pops performances, and community and educational outreach programs.  The HSOA is a professional orchestra composed of an average of 50 musicians who are paid for their time based on union scale.  Currently, a twenty-one member volunteer board of trustees guides the symphony.

The HSOA has served the Cabell and Wayne counties of W. Va. and Lawrence county of Ohio through the Education For Future Orchestra Related Tradition  (EFFORT) program as a supplement to the schools’ music education programs for the past 30 years.  The EFFORT program brings live performances into the schools. Janet Bromley carefully nurtured the school programs over the years and the name was eventually changed to the “Janet E. Bromley Educational Outreach Program".



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