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April concerts feature Erik Ralske on French horn

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) will perform a classic with guest Erik Ralske, principal horn for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York.

Led by Conductor Lawrence Loh, Ralske will join the WVSO in Charleston and Morgantown in April in, performing Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-flat Major, AV 132. The WVSO will also perform Johannes Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 side by side with the WVU Orchestra in Morgantown. Rounding out the program will be performances of Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 in Eb Major, Op. 82.

Before becoming principal horn for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2010, Ralske performed as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic in New York, Europe and South America. He also played for Houston Vancouver and Florida Symphony Orchestras. While in Morgantown, Ralske will present a master class for students at WVU.

The Morgantown performance begins at 7:30 p.m. April 13 at WVU’s Creative Arts Center. Students with a college ID are admitted free. Tickets start at $25, and can be purchased at or by calling 304-293-7469. West Virginia residents with a valid driver’s license will receive $10 off per ticket.