The Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) will be hosting the Black Diamond Philharmonic on December 4, 2021 at 8pm. The Black Diamond Philharmonic will be performing a spirited mix of classical and contemporary led by conductor Mark Wallace and accompanied by composer, Kyle Simpson.
As one of the major cultural centers of the state, Black Diamond Philharmonic believes that the broader Morgantown area deserves a musical ensemble that celebrates its Appalachian heritage while taking its listeners on a journey across the globe.
Co-founder and music director, Robert Heath II, describes the heart of the group by saying, “We bring Appalachians together through incredible concerts that create lasting memories and lifelong friendships.”
The Black Diamond Philharmonic's inaugural season has been about reconnecting with live music and each other. During this concert, Mark Wallace will lead the BDP Winds in a concert that comes from the long-standing tradition of "nachtmusik" or "serenade"--or music usually performed outside to convey the love of one person to another. The program will feature music new and old, including music from Italy, Austria, and the U.S. The philharmonic will premiere "Along the New River Gorge" by Kyle Simpson, Assistant Professor of Composition at West Virginia University.
Personnel in the ensemble include, Flutes: Alyssa Schwartz, Eftihia Arkoudis, Oboes: Alicia Rae, Camille Strahl, Clarinets: Bryce Kyle, Juan Gonzales, Horns: Alicia Rafter, Bill Richter, Bassoons: Austin Durham, Jovi Altadonna.
The concert will take place at 8pm in the Tanner Theatre.
Admission is $10 at the door. Doors open at 7pm.