The Bainbridge Orchestra was founded in 1972 by the late David Pence, when the Island’s population was less than 13,000. Adopted under the BPA umbrella in the spring of 1993, and changing its name to the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra in 2006, the Symphony serves a musically rich role in their community. Performing throughout its history in such diverse venues as the Bainbridge High School LGI Theater, Saint Barnabas Church, Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Alliance Church, and finally, BPA, the Symphony has consistently enjoyed superb leadership including Music Directors and/or Guest Conductors David Pence, Roger Nelson, Dr. Paul Mori, Kathleen Macferran, Sandi Schwarz, Alan Futterman, Elizabeth Stoyanovich, Zon Eastes, Pat Strange, and David Upham, many of whom returned for multiple engagements.
In 2010-2011, the BSO enjoyed a musically invigorating season as two exceptional finalists (Wesley Schulz and Julia Tai) vied for selection as the symphony’s new Music Director. The BSO announced the appointment of the symphony’s new Music Director in April 2011: Wesley Schulz has been lauded by musicians for his “intensity and emotion” in performances and for his “approachable and inspiring” leadership.
Bainbridge Performing Arts is enduringly grateful to the countless members of the community who have dedicated their time, energy, money, and audience support to this volunteer organization.
The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is West Virginia’s premier performing arts organization, presenting more than 50 concerts annually to audiences throughout the Mountain State. Programs include Capitol Conference Center Symphonic, ZMM Pops and City National Bank Family Discovery Series, performances by the Montclaire String Quartet, collaborations with the Charleston Ballet and other WV Arts Organizations, and a nationally award-winning education program. The Symphony’s home is the world-class Maier Foundation Performance Hall at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston, WV.
Conducted by Dr. David De Lyser, the University of Portland Orchestra is dedicated to exceptional performances of a wide variety of historical and contemporary orchestral literature, including works for string orchestra. Works for chorus and orchestra are performed in conjunction with the university choirs on a regular basis. An annual concerto competition open to all students provides opportunities for the winners to perform as guest-soloists with the ensemble.
Under the baton of Music Director Orlando Cela, the Orchestra presents its first concert in November. A joint concert follows in December in which the Orchestra and the Arlington-Belmont Chorale combine forces led by Chorale Music Director Barry Singer and Maestro Cela. In February, the Orchestra performs a Family Concert designed to inspire youngsters of all ages. In May, the Orchestra and the Chorale are together again to present the Philharmonic Society’s Sponsors’ Concert. The season concludes with the POPS! ™ concert in June, which features the Orchestra and the Chorale coupled with a delightful pre-concert Strawberry Festival.
The Orchestra takes pride in presenting a broad spectrum of the traditional classical repertoire as well as modern works, including local composers. POPS! ™ showcases lighter works taken from the worlds of jazz, show tunes and movie scores. In addition, the instrumental winner of the Philharmonic’s Young Artist Competition (as well as the occasional vocal winner) gets a performance as a soloist with the Orchestra. These young instrumental soloists span the full range of instruments from piano to violin and never fail to deliver amazing performances.