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WV Symphony presents: Double Trebel

Program: Dmitri Shostakovich: Festive Overture Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Double Piano Concerto in E-flat Major Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 Lawrence Loh, conductor Christina and Michelle Naughton, pianos Pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton were hailed by the San Francisco Examiner for their “stellar musicianship, technical mastery, and awe-inspiring artistry.” The Philadelphia Inquirer characterized their playing as “paired to perfection.”

WV Symphony presents: Bugs Bunny at the Symphony

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II celebrates the most famous and beloved cartoons in the world and their equally famous classical music. Conducted by Emmy Award winner George Daugherty, and created and produced by Daugherty and Emmy Award winning producer David Ka Lik Wong, this performance features Warner Bros. Looney Tunes characters on-screen with live, full symphony orchestra accompaniment.

WV Symphony presents: NINE!

Program: Special commission piece by American composer Gary Fry written especially for the WVSO and the Appalachian Children’s Chorus. Camille Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 with area choruses Lawrence Loh, conductor Gabriel Cabezas, cello The Oregonian once described Gabriel Cabezas as “an intense player who connects to music naturally, without artifice, and brings a singing line to the cello.” Cabezas combines a superb technique, intellectual curiosity and a pioneering musical spirit to his work and has appeared as a soloist with some of America’s finest orchestras, including those of Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Cabezas’ appearance is made possible by a partnership with Astral Artists. Gary Fry, composer GARY FRY, COMPOSER Gary Fry is an Emmy-winning Chicago-based composer with a passion for working with young people, particularly in choral music. The WVSO commissioned Fry to write a special arrangement featuring the WVSO and the Appalachian Children’s Chorus.

WV Symphony presents: Tony DeSare, Sinatra & Beyond

Called "two parts Frank Sinatra and one part Billy Joel," crooner and pianist Tony DeSare takes on the legend of Ol' Blue Eyes. Headlining with the WVSO, Tony DeSare will deliver a fresh take on old-school classics in a critically-acclaimed tribute to Frank Sinatra that includes song like Fly Me to the Moon, One for My Baby, The Summer Wind, Luck Be a Lady, Witchcraft, and My Way.

Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage featuring Greensky Bluegrass, Donna The Buffalo, Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis, Andrew Adkins.

WV Symphony presents: Something Old, Something Blue

Program: Jennifer Higdon: blue cathedral Jean Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D Major Lawrence Loh, conductor Nikki Chooi, violin The Calgary Herald described Violinist Nikki Chooi as “richly expressive and technically assured.” The New York Times said he is “vigorous and colorful.” This 28-year-old has performed with symphonies across the globe. Jennifer Higdon, composer JENNIFER HIGDON, COMPOSER Jennifer Higdon is one of America’s most acclaimed composers and a Grammy Award winner who was once hailed by the Washington Post as having “a keen ear, an innate sense of form and a generous dash of pure esprit.” Higdon’s orchestral work, blue cathedral, which the WVSO will perform in January 2019, is one of the most performed contemporary orchestral compositions by a living American.

WV Symphony presents: Sounds of the Season

Join us for an evening of holiday music and fellowship as the WVSO celebrates the Sounds of the Season under the direction of Guest Conductor Michelle Merrill. This concert includes a visit from you know who as Santa brings back one of our recent guest conductors for this WVSO favorite.

WV Symphony presents: A Percussive Surprise

Program: Ludwig van Beethoven: Coriolan Overture Richard Danielpour: “The Wounded Healer” Percussion Concerto Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet Lawrence Loh, conductor Lisa Pegher, percussion Lisa Pegher is known for pioneering percussion as a solo instrument within the orchestral realm and beyond. New York City’s "The Glass" once described her as “More than just a drummer—an alchemist of time, sound, and space, crafting visceral landscapes that penetrate the earsand mind.” Pegher will perform Richard Danielpour’s “The Wounded Healer” Percussion Concerto, which he wrote especially for her, with the WVSO in November.

WV Symphony presents: Opening Night Spectacular!

Program Michael Torke: Javelin Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances Lawrence Loh, conductor John Nakamatsu, piano Jon Nakamatsu is a true aristocrat of the keyboard, whose playing combines elegance, clarity and electrifying power. Of his 2014 solo disc of the piano works of Robert Schumann, BBC Music Magazine said “Nakamatsu clarifies Schumann’s mid-range saturated textures to a remarkable degree, reveling in its fantastic imaginings with rapier-like precision and effortless command.”

2018 Miss Teen International Pageant

The Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau, along with the City of Charleston, welcome pageant contestants from across the globe to compete for the title of Miss Teen International Pageant 2018. The preliminary competition is Thursday, July 26 with the final competition taking place Saturday, July 28. Thursday, July 26 at 7:30pm and Saturday, July 28 at 7:30pm.

2018 Miss Pre-Teen International Pageant

The Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau, along with the City of Charleston, welcome pageant contestants from across the globe to compete for the title of Miss Pre-Teen International Pageant 2018. The competition is Thursday, July 26.

U.S. Floyd Live

The Ultimate Pink Floyd Tribute Tickets $33.50 - $38.50

US FLOYD – LIVE

WV Symphony Orchestra presents Out of This World

Theodore Wiprud: Sinfonietta Liszt: Totentanz with Barbara Nissman, piano Gustav Holst: The Planets Single tickets start at $12

Northern Lights

Brahms: Academic Overture; Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 2 with Erik Ralske, French horn; Sibelius: Symphony No. 5

Dirty Dancing

Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring the hit songs, “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” London’s Sunday Express says, “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!” Don’t miss your chance to see this record-breaking live theatre sensation. You’ll have the time of your life!

Kenny G

The Grammy award winning artist, Kenny G is bringing his saxophone stylings to the Clay Center on March 22 at 7:30 pm. With over 75 million records sold, he is the best-selling instrumental musician of the modern era. Using the soprano, alto and tenor saxophones to create a unique sound all his own, Kenny G shot to commercial stardom in 1986 with his Duotones album. With hits like “Songbird”, “Don’t Make Me Wait for Love”, “Forever in Love” and “That Moment”, he has cemented his place as one of the best-selling artists of all time.

Jersey Boys

JERSEY BOYS is the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story – a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. The show features all their hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What A Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.” This show includes explicit language.

WV Symphony Orchestra presents A Night of “Great” Music

A Night of "Great" Music features: Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture Haydn: Concerto in D Major with Christine Lamprea, cello and Astral Artist Schubert: Symphony No. 9, “The Great”

TAO: Drum Heart

TAO’s modern, high-energy performances showcasing the ancient art of Japanese drumming have transfixed audiences worldwide. The performers of TAO: Drum Heart creates an energetic and unforgettable production by combining highly physical, large-scale drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography, and innovative visuals. The group performed at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and they have toured the world, performing to a global audience of more than seven million. The performers who take the stage for TAO are both highly trained athletes and highly-expressive artists. Melodies of various genres and traditional instruments result in an enchanting scene that only TAO can present, using world-class techniques and specialized knowledge. From 2012, global fashion designer Junko Koshino has collaborated with TAO to unite fashion and entertainment, making an even more sublime performing art.

Roots and Boots Tour

Spend an acoustic evening with Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin & Collin Raye as they go back to their roots and perform their best-known songs. SAMMY KERSHAW In the course of breaking into the ranks of stardom in country music, Sammy Kershaw has made contributions to more than just the charts. His platinum albums were propelled into the records books by hits such as “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful,” “I Can’t Reach Her Anymore,” “National Working Woman’s Holiday,” “Love Of My Life,” “Cadillac Style,” “Don’t Go Near The Water,” “Haunted Heart,”…and many other milestones. AARON TIPPIN Tippin has crusaded for the working man and woman since he ripped country music wide open with his uncompromising single “You’ve Got To Stand For Something.” His voice continued to ring loud and clear with such hits as “I Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way”, “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong With The Radio”, That’s As Close As I’ll Get To Loving You,” “My Blue Angel” and “Kiss This”. Five of his albums are certified “Gold” and a sixth CD—Read Between The Lines—stands at the “Platinum” level. Tippin’s honest lyrics and direct, impassioned vocals have built a large and devoted audience. COLLIN RAYE Collin Raye is nothing if not passionate. His soulful delivery has set country standards in such searing ballads as “Love, Me,” “In This Life,” “Not That Different” and “If I were you”. Always an energizing showman, he has also blazed through such vivid rockers as “My Kind of Girl,” “That’s My Story,” “I Can Still Feel You” and “I Want You Bad.” With 24 top ten records, 16 #1 hits, and having been a 10 time male vocalist of the year nominee (5 CMA and 5 ACM), this truly electrifying performer of his era remains one of the great voices of our time.

Wizard of Oz

Performed by the River City Youth Ballet Ensemble, the West Virginia Youth Symphony and the Appalachian Children's Chorus.

Hank Williams Tribute

A gala tribute to country music legend Hank Williams, sometimes known as the “Hillbilly Shakespeare.” Seasoned musicians recreate popular songs such as “Your Cheating Heart,” “I Saw the Light” and “Lovesick Blues,” in addition to lesser-known songs. Lively stage banter and anecdotes keep the show interesting and light-hearted. Hank Williams died in Oak Hill, WV, en route to shows in Charleston, WV, and Canton, OH, scheduled for December 31, 1952, and January 1, 1953, respectively. As a special feature for this year’s Hank Williams Tribute, the performers will re-enact a portion of that lost show, including the music of Hawkshaw Hawkins, Homer & Jethro, Autry Inman, and the Webb Sisters as well as Hank Williams. Scheduled to appear in the Hank Williams Tribute will be singers John Lilly and Rob McNurlin, steel guitarist Russ Hicks, fiddler Johnny Staats, guitarists Robert Shafer and Ritchie Collins, and bassist John Thornton, plus surprise guests. This concert is sponsored by the Woody Hawley Concert Series and FOOTMAD (Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance). This program is presented with financial assistance from the WV Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.

State 35 Joytacular featuring the No Pants Players

Tis the season for helping others! Tis the season for holiday fun! Tis the season for JOYTACULAR! Join the State 35 Comedy Troupe's No Pants Players for a night of festive improv comedy! This event will be fun for ALL AGES, so bring everyone you know and come and enjoy a night of holiday fun for you and your family!

Sound Checks – Christmas with The Company Stores and the Steel Wheels

Sound Checks - Christmas with The Company Stores and the Steel Wheels Step out of your seat and on to the stage with Sound Checks! Deck the halls with one of our favorite local bands, The Company Stores! Hot off their first tour with their newest album, The Company Stores will stuff your stock with some rad sounds!

The Sound of Music

The Hills Are Alive! A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC is coming to the Clay Center. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live!

Ring in the holiday season with a family favorite, A Charlie Brown Christmas Live! Join Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy and all your Peanuts favorites as they learn the true meaning of Christmas live on stage! Admission varies.

The Nutcracker with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

The timeless holiday classic comes alive again with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. This dazzling production includes over 170 dancers, musicians and singers in what is sure to be an event to remember. December 8, 2017 | 7:30 PM December 9, 2017 | 2:00 PM Clay Center Maier Performance Hall Tickets are avaliable through the Clay Center Box Office - (304) 561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.org

WV Symphony presents The Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky's classic ballet. Details TBA.

The Nutcracker with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

The timeless holiday classic comes alive again with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. This dazzling production includes over 170 dancers, musicians, and singers in what is sure to be an event to remember. December 8, 2017 | 7:30 PM December 9, 2017 | 2:00 PM Clay Center Maier Performance Hall Tickets are available through the Clay Center Box Office: 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.org

WV Symphony presents The Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky's classic ballet. Details TBA.

WV Symphony presents Home for the Holidays

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra presents their annual "Home for the Holidays" concert at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences.

Sound Checks – Porch 40! & Christian Lopez

Step out of your seat and on to the stage with Sound Checks! Stuff yourself with Sound Checks for a special pre-Thanksgiving performance on Wednesday, November 22nd! November’s show features headliner, Porch 40!

Elf the Musical

ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.

Lee Brice and Randy Houser

Two country greats team up for a memorable night of music on the Clay Center stage. Over the past ten years, Lee Brice has taken the music world by storm with hits like; “Love Like Crazy,” “I Drive Your Truck,” and “I Don’t Dance.” Randy Houser burst on the scene in 2008 with hits including “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight,” “How Country Feels,” and “Boots On.” Both have also had prolific songwriting careers partnering with artists like Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins and Justin Moore. Ticket prices vary.

WV Symphony Orchestra presents Verdi’s Requiem

PROGRAM: Verdi's Requiem With the West Virginia Symphony Chorus and choirs from Fairmont State University, Marshall University, West Virginia State University and West Virginia University

Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie

On the heels of a sold-out critically acclaimed summer tour, longtime Fleetwood Mac members Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie will grace the stage of the Clay Center on November 2nd at 7:30 p.m. The joint collaboration began three years ago, when McVie rejoined Fleetwood Mac for the group’s “On With The Show” tour. The pair went in to record new material prior to rehearsals for the tour and their natural creative chemistry was reignited.

The Addams Family

ADMISSION: $28.50 This dark comedy with its kooky, mysterious and spooky singing characters is a perfect show for Halloween. The show is based upon The Addams Family characters created by Charles Addams in his single-panel gag cartoons, which depict a ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things macabre. Show dates: October 27, 28, 29 November 3, 4, 5

Pumpkin Carving Extravaganza!

Watch “Professor of Pumkinology” Scott “Stormin’ Norman as he demonstrates his pumpkin carving skills in this performance on the Library Plaza at the Main Library. Norman of Galva Illinois, calls himself "The Picasso" of pumpkin carving and his skills have gotten him on national television and sporting events. Since 2008, he has traveled throughout the country demonstrating his carving skills. He appeared on America’s Got Talent in 2012, has taught at Disney, worked for the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Lightning, the Ronald McDonald House, and NASA to name a few. He wrote the book “Pumpkins: A Well Rounded View of the Well Rounded Food” after his stint on America’s Got Talent, hence the reason he also calls himself a “professor of pumpkinology.” This program is sponsored by The Friends of the Library. Note: In case of rain this program will be held indoors in the 3rd floor meeting room.

Spooktacular! Journey Through the Wizarding World!

Journey through the Wizarding World! Inspired by the great books/movies of Harry Potter, we will be turning the Clay Center into our very own Wizarding World. There will be wand making and wizard games and MORE along with our classic pumpkin decorating and trick-or-treat trail! For this event we encourage all to dress up in their finest wizarding costume (however it is not necessary). o Pumpkin Transformation (12:00-4:00) o Bag Enchanting (11:00-4:00) o Training Grounds (11:00-4:00) o The Wizard Cup Tournament (1:00 & 3:00) o Wand Making (11:00-4:00) o Tales with Beedle the Bard (12:00 & 2:00) o Wizard Family Crests (12:00-4:00) o Wizard’s Walkway (Trick or Treat Trail)

American Shakespeare Center presents Taming of the Shrew

Back by popular demand the American Shakespeare Center returns, this time with their production of Taming of the Shrew.

Charlie Daniels Band & The Marshall Tucker Band

These legendary country classics will combine forces to bring an unforgettable night of music. Revel in the sounds of classics like “The Devil Went Down to George,” “Uneasy Rider,” and “Fire on the Mountain” when they take the stage.

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce featuring Drive by Truckers, Paul Kelly and Daniel Norgren

Mountain stage makes a popular return back to the Clay Center! Alt-country, southern rockers Drive-By Truckers headline this exciting night bringing tracks from their latest album, America Band. Daniel Norgren, a multi-instrumentalist with a knack for catchy melodies and vocal harmonies will be making his Mountain Stage debut on his first-ever North American tour!

PJ Masks Live!

The live show is based on eOnes top-rated animated TV series, which airs daily on Disney Junior. Catboy, Owlette, Gekko, and the Baddies will delight fans of all ages with live performances featuring world-class production, familiar and original music, acrobatics, and immersive interactivity. PJ Masks, the hit series, follows the thrilling nighttime adventures of three young friends who transform into their dynamic alter egos, Catboy, Owlette and Gekko, when they put on their pajamas at night and activate their animal amulets. Together, they embark on action-packed capers, solving mysteries and learning valuable lessons along the way.

West Virginia Symphony presents “Handpicked: A Season of Firsts”

ALL-AMERICAN OPENING NIGHT Bernstein: Candide Overture Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F with Alexandre Moutouzkine, piano Copland: Symphony No. 3

Jake Owen

This laid back hit maker will bring a party atmosphere to the Maier Performance Hall with songs like “Beachin’,” “American Country Love Song,” “Startin’ With Me,” and “Anywhere With You.”

Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion Love & Comedy Tour

Two-plus hours of stories, love duets, Guy Noir, Cowboys, poetic outbursts, and our famous Singing Intermission at which the Eager & Able-Bodied stand and sing around the campfire. Garrison Keillor celebrating his 75th, with the extraordinary Heather Masse, sound-effects genius Fred Newman, Richard Dworsky and the Road Hounds. Tickets: http://charlestonwv.com/event/2017/9/10/garrison-keillors-a-prairie-home-companion-love-comedy-tour.aspx

Max Weinberg’s Jukebox

This truly interactive performance features the legendary drummer of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band taking your requests! The audience will determine the set list as they choose from a menu of over 200 songs. This show will feature on stage seating, cash bars, and as an added feature – local food trucks! Buy tickets: http://tickets.theclaycenter.org/events/max%20weinberg's%20jukebox/2017-9-8_20.00/maier%20foundation%20performance%20hall?back=2&area=2021daaf-ccd9-4189-befc-f574626c0577&type=ga

John McCalister Productions presents Sandi Patty

See Sandi Patty perform classic Christian favorites. For tickets, visit http://www.theclaycenter.org.

Decades Rewind at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences

If you’ve been looking for a theatrical concert that will transport you back to the days of your youth with the passionate, beautiful songs of the past, Decades Rewind™ is an incredibly memorable and nostalgic show that you’ve been dreaming of! Featuring the top hits of the golden age of music (from the 60’s to the 80’s), Decades Rewind™ is a veritable time machine of amazing music that will never fade away. One magical night of singing, dancing, and being transported back in time. Over 60 songs starting with Bon Jovi and ending with Let the Sun Shine in. 3 huge video screens of the culture of those decades and over 100 costume changes will make you feel like you're a teenager again!

Solar Eclipse – Family Fun Day

Discover what solar eclipses are, how and why they happen and learn safe ways to view this brilliant phenomenon! Experience a special demonstration of a solar eclipse and participate in exciting hands-on stations. Learn about the sun’s ultra-violet rays; gaze through a telescope in search of celestial objects; and create a pin-hole viewer to take home for the safe viewing of the real solar eclipse happening on August 21

Mrs. International Pageant

The International Pageant system has been developed to promote today's married women, their accomplishments, and commitment to family and marriage. Around the world women are finding this system to be the opportunity to work with their husband and family to become positive role models. Being the premiere pageant for married women has given Mrs. International® a chance to open doors for married women around the world. The event will give each contestant the opportunity to learn about customs and family life in other countries, along with the chance to share her beliefs and make new friends during the entire week of activities leading up to two exciting evenings of competition.

Miss International Pageant

The International Pageant system has been developed to promote today's young women and their accomplishments. Around the world women are finding this system to be the opportunity to work with others to become positive role models. Being the premiere pageant for young women has given Miss International® a chance to open doors for all women around the world. The event will give each contestant the opportunity to learn about customs and family life in other countries, along with the chance to share her beliefs and make new friends during the entire week of activities leading up to two exciting evenings of competition.

Miss Teen International Pageant

The Miss Teen International® Pageant system has been developed to promote today's teens, ages 13-18, and their accomplishments. Around the world women are finding this system to be the opportunity to work with others to become positive role models. Being the premiere pageant for young women has given Miss Teen International® a chance to open doors for all teenage women around the world. The event will give each contestant the opportunity to learn about customs and family life in other countries along with the chance to share her beliefs and make plenty of new friends during the entire week of activities leading up to two exciting nights of competition. Prizes and scholarships will be awarded to the winning contestant.

Summer Camps – Performing Arts Camp with Alban Arts

Performing Arts Camp 1 with Alban Arts Ages 6-11 $150 family plus and premium members; $175 non-members Performing Arts Camp 2 with Alban Arts Ages 12-17 $150 family plus and premium members; $175 non-members The Clay Center and The Alban Arts Center have teamed up again to offer an exciting, performance based performing arts camp! Campers ages 6-11 and 12-17 will perfect their acting, singing, dance and technical skills with the local, professional artists from The Alban. The final day of camp we will produce scenes, monologues and song and dance numbers on the Clay Center’s beautiful Maier stage!

VEX Robotics Academy – Tournament Week 2

Tournament Weeks: July 17-21, Week 4 I $175 family plus & premium members; $200 non-members July 24-28, Week 5 I $175 family plus & premium members; $200 non-members Want to put your robotics building and programming to the test? Students who participated in weeks 1,2 or 3 of Skill Builders weeks are encouraged to register for a Tournament Week! Students will work in pairs to construct a VEX robot of their choice and team it up against other robots to see who comes out on top! Each week will culminate in an elimination round tournament where a winner will be determined. Students must participate in at least one Skill Builder Week to register for a Tournament Week. Register for all 3 Skill Builder Weeks and 1 Tournament Week to receive a special discount!

CharCon

CharCon is THE West Virginia Gaming Convention. For 2017 CharCon is moving to the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia. The Clay Center is an awesome modern facility located in downtown Charleston WV. Hosting a great performance hall, an art museum, a science discovery center and much more, the Clay Center is a great facility and community partner. -A small sampling of activities -The Premier Board Game Tournament -Play to Win Board Games! -Board game library – Each year the Appalachian Gamers bring games to the convention for use by other attendees. There is also plenty of space for open gaming so bring your favorite game, find some players and get your game on! -RPGs – There will be a variety of RPGs at this year’s convention. We have game masters running D&D 4th Edition, Pathfinder, Confluence, mystery, Superhero events and many others. -Miniatures – Flames of War, Warhammer 40k, Warhammer Fantasy, Aerodrome, Sailpower, Kings of War and many more events will be available for play at this year’s convention. Change is always hard and this will be no exception. There will be adjustments and alterations, but when the dust settles, we are confident everyone will be happy with the results. We are thrilled with the opportunities and hope you are as well. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!!

Art After Dark

Recurring after-party following the City of Charleston's ArtWalk.

Summer Camps – Girl’s Science

Little lady scientists will explore the scientific method, perform experiments and explore the wild world of science with PBS SciGirls curriculum! Ages 8-12. Family Plus and Premium members: $150/Non-members: $175

VEX Robotics Academy – Tournament Week 1

Tournament Weeks: July 17-21, Week 4 I $175 family plus & premium members; $200 non-members July 24-28, Week 5 I $175 family plus & premium members; $200 non-members Want to put your robotics building and programming to the test? Students who participated in weeks 1,2 or 3 of Skill Builders weeks are encouraged to register for a Tournament Week! Students will work in pairs to construct a VEX robot of their choice and team it up against other robots to see who comes out on top! Each week will culminate in an elimination round tournament where a winner will be determined. Students must participate in at least one Skill Builder Week to register for a Tournament Week. Register for all 3 Skill Builder Weeks and 1 Tournament Week to receive a special discount!

WTSQ The Status Quo 2nd Anniversary Party

Acts: Fletcher’s Grove The Company Stores The M.F.B. Static Fur Tony Harrah & The Putnam Prohibition Sasha Colette Tim Browning & The Widowmakers After Party held @ The Monkey Barrel After Party admission and one complimentary drink by presenting your WTSQ 2nd Anniversary wrist band After Party Acts: Mick Wiseman Lee Turley Tim Hoover Salty Crankbait Veil ADMISSION: Advance ticket $20; at the door $25 Visit the website to order tickets.

Summer Camps – PBS Odd Squad

Campers will solve mysteries using math and science concepts with the crazy characters of PBS’s Odd Squad! Partnership and lesson planning with WVPB and PBS Kids. Family Plus and Premium members: $150/Non-members: $175

VEX Robotics Academy Skill Builder Week 3

VEX Robotics Academy students can take all three weeks of camp or just one week without missing any of the action! Students will work in pairs to construct and program a different robot each week. Each week will culminate in robots that can complete certain tasks or a mission. The Clay Center is honored to partner with NASA and West Virginia University in the production and execution of the VEX Robotics Academy. Family Plus and Premium members: $175/Non-members: $200 Additional Weeks Offered: June 26-30, Week 1 I $175 family plus & premium members; $200 non-members July 3, 5 – 7, Week 2 I $150 family plus & premium members; $175 non-members

Family Day Camps

Enjoy the week of July 4th with the whole family! Tackle a new topic each day to explore the worlds of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. General Admission for adults and children: $5

VEX Robotics Academy Skill Builder Week 2

VEX Robotics Academy students can take all three weeks of camp or just one week without missing any of the action! Students will work in pairs to construct and program a different robot each week. Each week will culminate in robots that can complete certain tasks or a mission. The Clay Center is honored to partner with NASA and West Virginia University in the production and execution of the VEX Robotics Academy. Ages 9-14. Family Plus and Premium members: $150/Non-members: $175 Additional Weeks Offered: June 26-30, Week 1 I $175 family plus & premium members; $200 non-members July 10-14, Week 3 I $175 family plus & premium members; $200 non-members

Summer Camps – Art Explorers Camp

Learn techniques for painting, drawing and creating a masterpiece and explore a variety of mediums that span throughout art history. Ages 5-8. Family Plus and Premium members: $150/Non-members: $175

VEX Robotics Academy Skill Builder Week 1

VEX Robotics Academy students can take all three weeks of camp or just one week without missing any of the action! Students will work in pairs to construct and program a different robot each week. Each week will culminate in robots that can complete certain tasks or a mission. Ages 9-14. Family Plus and Premium members: $175/Non-members: $200 Additional Weeks Offered: July 3, 5 – 7, Week 2 I $150 family plus & premium members; $175 non-members July 10-14, Week 3 I $175 family plus & premium members; $200 non-members

The Mayor’s Concert featuring Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Take part in the Mayor’s Concert in this live musical event co-presented with FestivAll. General Admission for adults and children: $48.50. Prices are subject to variation.

Summer Camp – Sensational Summer Plants and Animals

Learn all about summer birds, insects and animals! Learn what they eat, how to spot them and the habitats they enjoy. We’ll also explore summer flowers and foliage and take a daily nature walk to identify plants and animals in our own neighborhood. Each day ends with a fun and creative activity or craft that brings the beauty of summer indoors for friends and family to enjoy. Ages 6-10. Family Plus and Premium members: $150/Non-members: $175

Art After Dark

Recurring after-party following Charleston's ArtWalk.

Chris Stapleton – All American Road Show Tour

Chris Stapleton’s All-American Road Show Featuring special guests Anderson East; Brent Cobb; Brothers Osborne; Lucie Silvas; and Margo Price. Christopher Alvin "Chris" Stapleton (born April 15, 1978) is an American musician and songwriter. He is an established songwriter with six number-one songs including the five-week number-one "Never Wanted Nothing More" recorded by Kenny Chesney, "Love's Gonna Make It Alright" recorded by George Strait, and "Come Back Song" recorded by Darius Rucker. As a songwriter, over 150 of Stapleton's songs have appeared on albums by such artists as Adele, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley. He has co-written with notable artists like Vince Gill, Peter Frampton and Sheryl Crow. Admission: $33.75 / $48.75 / $68.75

Purple Rain: A Legend’s Birthday Celebration

Party like it's 1999 in honor of Prince's birthday! General admission tickets for adults and children: $10 Celebrate the legendary Prince in the Caperton Planetarium and Theater by watching the iconic and Academy Award winning film, Purple Rain. The fun begins at 6:30 in the Juliet Art Museum with a special musical tribute to Prince by DJ Anthony Lewis! A full cash bar will be available with a featured “purple rain cocktail” in honor of the celebration!

Live from Space: The Bowie Songbook

Join local musicians Mark Scarpelli and Ryan Hardiman for an homage to the legendary David Bowie. General Admission tickets for adults and children: $20

Toyota USA Foundation Family Fun Day!

A variety of hands on demonstrations as well as a Pixar: CARS showing in the Caperton Planetarium at 11:00am or 2:00pm! Tickets for the movie showing are $3 for members and $4 for non-members.

Art: The Truly Experimental Science (A Workshop with Patte Loper)

This workshop invites participants of all ages to use a mix of art materials and found objects – along with imagination and courage to make ‘experimental science’ by constructing science-fiction based sculptural objects. General Admission for adults and children: $5

Choose Your Own Adventure Family Fun Day!

Explore a world of art and science! A variety of demonstrations including: lycopodium fireball demonstrations, large bubbles, viscosity painting, sidewalk chalk art, artist and scientist hat designs, and so much more! Adult tickets: $9 Children tickets: $7.50 Members: FREE

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live

Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE guides your family on a breathtaking tour through pre-historic Australia. You’ll observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world. Brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers, and designed with the help of professional paleontologists, Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE’s puppets are so extraordinarily realistic you may feel the urge to run and hide – but don’t! Because you won’t want to miss a minute of this fun, unique, entertaining and educational live show created by Erth Visual & Physical of Sydney, Australia.

Laser Pink FLoyd (Dark Side of the Moon and the Wall)

General Admission for adult and children: $10

Laser Lights in the Caperton Planetarium – Laser POP!

Pop and Top 40 sensations with brand new laser light features! General Admission for adults and children: $10

Art After Dark

Don't Miss the Official Art Walk After Party! When the gallery lights go down, the party lights come up for Art After Dark! The museum will transform monthly into a FREE hot spot of activity and entertainment after the downtown Charleston ArtWalk. Make plans now to enjoy live entertainment from the incredibly talented Sean Richardson, activities, a cash bar, and after-hours access to current exhibits in the Juliet Art Museum! Make an evening out of Art Walk! Enjoy FREE parking at the Clay Center! Start and end your celebration with us!

VEX Robotics Academy Skill Builder Week 1

VEX Robotics Academy students can take all three weeks of camp or just one week without missing any of the action! Students will work in pairs to construct and program a different robot each week. Each week will culminate in robots that can complete certain tasks or a mission. Ages 9-14. Additional Weeks Offered: July 3, 5 – 7, Week 2 I $150 family plus & premium members; $175 non-members July 10-14, Week 3 I $175 family plus & premium members; $200 non-members

Sound Checks featuring the Adam Ezra Group

Up and coming acts paired with local favorites all on stage at the Clay Center! May features the Adam Ezra Group

WVSO Capitol Conference Center Symphonic Series

WVSO welcomes Springfield Symphony Orchestra Music Director Kevin Rhodes. The program includes Massenet The Last Sleep of the Virgin; Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3, Viktor Valkov, piano of Astral Artists; and Liszt Faust Symphony.

Naughty by Nature with Kid ‘n Play

Take a trip to the 90's with hip-hop and rap group Naughty by Nature! Teaming up with Kid 'n Play - the groups will bring an upbeat, fun night of music and dancing to the Clay Center with favorites like “Hip Hop Hooray,” "OPP," and more!!! Tickets start at just $25! Hurry now for your spot in the DANCE ZONE where you can really drop it like it's hot! You don't want to miss the show your friends will be talking about all year!

Art After Dark

When the gallery lights go down, the party lights come up for Art After Dark! The museum will transform monthly into a FREE hot spot of activity and entertainment after the downtown Charleston ArtWalk. Make plans now to enjoy live entertainment from the incredibly talented Sean Richardson, activities, a cash bar, and after-hours access to current exhibits in the Juliet Art Museum! Make an evening out of Art Walk! Enjoy FREE parking at the Clay Center! Start and end your celebration with us!

Annie

The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”

Sound Checks Special Event: The Company Stores Album Release Party

Up and coming acts paired with local favorites all on stage at the Clay Center! April features local band The Company Stores with special guest Atlas Road Crew.      

Kansas: 40th Anniversary Leftoverture Tour

Known for hit songs like “Carry On My Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind,” this 70's and 80's band will rock you all night long!

“Hansel & Gretel”

Youth Organizations United (YOU) is a collaboration between the Appalachian Children's Chorus, the River City Youth Ballet Ensemble and the WV Youth Symphony Orchestra. Combining the talents of almost 200 young singers, dancers and musicians, they will present to you the story of Hansel & Gretel, a well known enchanted fairy tale. Please join us for this wonderful event presented by some of the area's most talented young artists! Tickets may be purchased at the ballet studio or at the door the night of the performance.

RENT 20th Anniversary Tour

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway...and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters — love. Admission varies.

WV Symphony presents Sgt. Pepper’s: The Complete Album

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra journeys through the 1960s with a catalogue of Beatles' hits. Performance features “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “When I'm Sixty-Four.” Admission varies.

Art After Dark

Don't Miss the Official Art Walk After Party! When the gallery lights go down, the party lights come up for Art After Dark! The museum will transform monthly into a FREE hot spot of activity and entertainment after the downtown Charleston ArtWalk. Make plans now to enjoy live entertainment from the incredibly talented Sean Richardson, activities, a cash bar, and after-hours access to current exhibits in the Juliet Art Museum! Make an evening out of Art Walk! Enjoy FREE parking at the Clay Center! Start and end your celebration with us!

Southern Soul Assembly

With a style that pays tribute to their southern roots, JJ Grey, Luther Dickinson, Anders Osbourne, & Marc Broussard offer a night of authentic soul music. Part of the artist-in-the-round performance series. Admission varies.

The Charleston Ballet Presents Swan Lake

Swan Lake is the most enduring and popular of all the classical works. This full-length ballet will be presented to the familiar Tchaikovsky score. Prince Siegried encounters a beautiful princess, Odette, who embodies a woman for a brief time due to a spell cast over her by the evil Von Rothbart. Only his declaration of true love will save her from the spell that keeps her a swan. Advance tickets: Adult $27; Student/Senior $22 At the door: Adult: $32; Student/Senior $27

The Charleston Ballet Presents Swan Lake

Swan Lake is the most enduring and popular of all the classical works. This full-length ballet will be presented to the familiar Tchaikovsky score. Prince Siegfried encounters a beautiful princess, Odette, who embodies a woman for a brief time due to a spell cast over her by the evil Von Rothbart. Only his declaration of true love will save her from the spell that keeps her a swan. Advance tickets: Adult $27; Student/Senior $22 At the door: Adukt $32; Student/Senior $27

Menopause: The Musical

This hilarious musical parody staged to classic tunes from the 60's, 70's and 80's will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles. See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 14 years! (Admission varies.)

Video Games Live

Video Games Live is an immersive concert featuring music from the most popular video games of all time played by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. (Admission varies.)

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

The Symphony's tradition continues to define the holiday season featuring the best of Maestro Cooper's wonderful arrangements.

Sound Checks

Step on stage and raise a glass with emerging artists - The Weeks and Time and Distance at Charleston’s hottest music party. Sound Checks features modern music from the local and national scene along with a great selection of craft brews.

Stilian Kirov

Capitol Conference Center Symphonic Series.