Charlottesville Symphony

  • Dates: September 24, 2017
  • Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville High School
  • Address: 1400 Melbourne Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901
  • Phone: (434) 924-3376
  • Time: 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
  • Price: $10-$45
  • Website: Click to Visit Charlottesville Symphony

The Charlottesville Symphony, conducted by new Music Director Benjamin Rous, opens its 2017-18 season on September 23 and 24 with John Adams’ orchestral fanfare and rhythmic showpiece, Short Ride in a Fast Machine. Shawn Earle is the featured soloist in Wolfgang Amadè Mozart’s last completed work, his soulful Clarinet Concerto. Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major, described at various times as “optimistic” and “completely captivating,” concludes the program.

Shawn Earle is the orchestra’s Principal Clarinet and a Lecturer in Clarinet at the University of Virginia. A native of Canada, he has performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles in Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto and Nova Scotia, and championed many works by contemporary Canadian composers.