Guest artist Peter Wilson, violin, with John Morrison, piano, will present a concert on Thursday, Feb. 13, as part of the “Music on the Hill Artists Series.”  

Presented by the Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts, the concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Wallman Hall Room 229. Works to be performed include Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata No. 5 “Spring” Op. 24 for violin and piano and “Much Ado About Nothing: Four Pieces” Op. 11 for violin and piano by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and César Franck’s “Sonata for Piano and Violin” in A Major. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (304) 367-4219.

Wilson will speak with FSU music students during a forum at 3 p.m. in Wallman Hall Room 236. Wilson will discuss his career as a professional violinist, arranger and conductor, as well as give helpful advice to music students about their future careers.

Wilson is an engaging and multifaceted violinist and conductor whose musicianship has been noted as “first-class” by The Washington Post. He is Music Director of the Waynesboro Symphony and Richmond Philharmonic Orchestras. The String Section Commander for “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, he has served as a violinist of The White House for nearly a quarter century. Highly respected throughout the National Capital Region, he is also Concertmaster of the American Festival Pops Orchestra and has guest conducted the National Symphony Orchestra and the National Gallery Orchestra. He holds music degrees from Northwestern University and The Catholic University of America, where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts.

Wilson began his professional career as Concertmaster of the Walt Disney World Orchestra. For 12 years he was a lecturer at Catholic University, where he taught courses in conducting and string techniques while serving as Resident Conductor of the CU Symphony Orchestra. A musician in demand for his high energy, versatility and commitment to authenticity, Wilson is active as a guest conductor, soloist, recording artist and performance clinician throughout the United States. He has appeared as violin soloist with such legendary artists as Rosemary Clooney, Renée Fleming, Bernadette Peters and composer/conductor John Williams. In addition, he has performed chamber music in concert with Ida Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom and Peter Wiley. He is also cofounder and violinist of the acclaimed string duo “Bridging the Gap” (with double bassist Aaron Clay), which has been hailed for “superior arrangements and uncommon musicianship” by The Washington Post.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Wilson began his musical training at age 2 as a violin student of his mother. He later moved to Morgantown, where he became the first musician ever to receive the Governor’s Award for Exceptional Achievement in the Arts. He also studied with Linda Cerone, Robert Gerle, Blair Milton and Donald Portnoy. He has appeared in international publications including The Strad, which stated “[Wilson] made music that had the stamp of quality.”  Wilson currently resides in Fairfax, Va., and is the father of three sons.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts and the Masquers theatre group will present “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Oscar Wilde’s most popular play, in February in Wallman Hall.

First performed in 1895, the farcical comedy is also a satire on Victorian customs and behaviors. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19; Saturday, Feb. 20; Thursday, Feb. 25; Friday, Feb. 26; and Saturday, Feb. 27. The matinee performance will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21. For tickets, call the Box Office at (304) 367-4240.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts is hosting a benefit performance of alumnus Christian Cox’s short, one-act play “Hyena,” produced by M.T. Pockets Theatre. Cox is the Youth Services Librarian for the Fairmont branch of the Marion County Public Library and a graduate of the FSU Communication and Theatre program.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, ZMM Architects and Engineers Pops Series presents “John Williams: All the Blockbusters,” conducted by Maestro Grant Cooper, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, in Colebank Hall on Fairmont State University’s campus in Fairmont.

For advance tickets, call the Box Office at (304) 367-4240. Tickets will be available for sale at the door. Reserved seats are $30; general admission are $20; and student tickets are $5. Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College students can gain admission free of charge with a student ID.

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