West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Lee Greenwood to perform ‘A Salute to America’ at CAC
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Lee Greenwood will join the West Virginia
Symphony Orchestra to present “A Salute to America” Friday, Oct. 19, at the WVU
Creative Arts Center. This performance is part of the University Arts Series presented
by University Toyota. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Mountainlair
and CAC box offices, online at Ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 304-293-7469 and
Greenwood is best known for his patriotic anthem “God Bless the USA.” Voted the most recognizable patriotic song in America, “God Bless the USA” made its way to the top of country singles chart three times, first in 1993 and then again in 2001 and 2003.
“’USA’ is the song I always felt the need to write,” explains Greenwood. “I wanted to have something that would unite Americans from coast to coast and to instill pride back in the United States. The song represents my family, my community; and those men and women who have paid the price for the freedoms we all love and enjoy.”
Greenwood has more than 30 albums to his credit and seven No. 1 songs, including
“Mornin’ Ride,” “I Don’t Mind the Thorns (If You’re the Rose),” “Hearts Aren’t
Made to Break (They’re Made to Love),” and “Somebody’s Gonna Love You.” He has
won numerous industry awards including, Academy of Country Music Male Vocalist
of the Year and Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year. He earned
a Grammy for Top Male Vocal Performance in 1985 for “I.O.U.” while “God Bless the
USA” earned him the CMA Song of the Year award in that same year.
The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to enriching the region through
live orchestral music experiences of the highest artistic quality. The Orchestra
began its storied history in 1939 when 55 musicians gathered to rehearse as the
Charleston Civic Orchestra.
The WVSO is led by Maestro Lawrence Loh – music director of Symphoria, a musician-led cooperative orchestra in Syracuse, New York. Loh was named WVSO music director in the 2017-2018 season. He has an affinity for pops programming and has performed with Chris Botti, Idina Menzel, Ann Hampton Callaway and the Texas Tenors. Loh is active as a guest conductor both in the U.S. and abroad. He has performed with the Boston Pops, the Seattle Symphony and made appearances in Malaysia and Daejeon, South Korea.
Together, Greenwood and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will perform a patriotic
salute to America in the intimacy of the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre at the WVU
Creative Arts Center.
Tickets start at $39 for the general public and at $14 for WVU Students. Tickets are on sale at the Mountainlair and CAC box offices, online at ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 304-293-SHOW (7469) and 800-745-3000. WVU Student discounted tickets are limited to one per valid WVU Student ID or offer code. Discounted rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 304-293-SHOW (7469).
The University Arts Series is produced by WVU Arts & Entertainment and presented by University Toyota. Stay connected with the latest event updates through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by following @wvuevents.