Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony

violinThe West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is playing Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony as part of the Capitol Conference Center Symphonic Series in Charleston, WV.

Symphony No. 5 in E Minor by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was composed in 1888, and was first performed at the Hall of Nobility in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It is a cyclical symphony, with a recurring main theme. Though the symphony’s first movement starts off with a funereal character, it transforms into a triumphant march. Research on Tchaikovsky’s works has revealed that the composer has described this introduction as “a complete resignation before fate, which is the same as the inscrutable predestination of fate.”

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s performance on September 20 and 21 will feature the talents of cellist Jolyon Pegis, and violinist Maria Scheleuning. The show will start at 8:00pm at the Maier Foundation Performance Hall of the Clay Center. Tickets are available online through the Clay Center website.