Symphony orchestra to wrap up season at Lafayette

The River Cities Symphony Orchestra will conclude its 2013-2014 season at 7 p.m. May 30 at the Lafayette Hotel Grand Ballroom in Marietta.

The concert will be the orchestra’s annual Pops Concert, “Evening at the Opera,” with featured soloists soprano Tiffany CasaSante of Marietta and South Korean tenor Halim Shon.

The concert will be presented in an intimate setting with reserved table seating available by calling 304-485-7068 or 373-2221. Table seating is limited so calling in advance is recommended. General admission tickets will also be available at the door. Tickets for adults are $15 and students are $10.

Maestro Robert Turizziani and the RCSO will present an evening of popular operatic arias and overtures. Vocal selections include the Habanera from Bizet’s Carmen, La donna e mobile from Verdi’s Rigoletto, Che glida manina from Puccini’s La Boheme and Porgi Amor from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro.

Orchestral works on the program include the Overture to Marriage of Figaro, selections from Carmen, Bachanale from Camille Saint-Saens’ Samson and Delilah, and Verdi’s Overture to La Forza del Destino. Concert master, violinist Ian Jesseee, will also be featured as soloist in Massenet’s Meditation from Thais.

Shon, a native of South Korea, has performed throughout Asia, North America, and Europe as a member of the renowned classical vocal quintet Uangel Voice. He is the recipient of the Georgia McEver Endowed Peabody Scholarship Award. He was a prizewinner at the Osaka International Competition in 2007.

Shon works in partnership with various choirs and vocal societies in the Maryland area. He acquired his Bachelor of Music Education at Seoul National University and his Master in Music at the Peabody Institute. While at Peabody, Shon won first place in the Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition in April 2013, leading to admission into the full-tuition Artist Diploma program at Yale University where he presently attends.

WesBanco and the Hippodrome/Colony Historical Theatre Association are the corporate sponsors for the concert. Also helping to make the concert possible are Artsbridge, the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Marietta Community Foundation and the Oakland Foundation.

The doors open one hour prior to the concert. The venue is in compliance with ADA regulations. Those who need special accommodations can call 304-485-7068 for arrangements and additional information.