Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra (2RCO)

Jed Gaylin, Music Director

Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra
Now in its eighth season, the Eastern Panhandle’s very own professional chamber orchestra has received wide critical acclaim and performs staples of the classical chamber orchestra repertoire as well as new, beautiful and unusual works.


2014-2015 Season!


Heather Austin-Stone, concertmaster
Heather Austin-Stone, concertmaster

Saturday, September 13, 2014 | 8:00 p.m.
Frank Arts Center Theater

Featuring concertmaster, Heather Austin-Stone and principal violist, Dana Rokosny.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major, K. 364
Sylvestre Revueltas: Colorines
Antonin Dvorak: Czech Suite in D major, Op. 39

Dana Rokosny, principal violist
Dana Rokosny, principal violist

"Folk and Fashion" celebrates the less filtered side of musical life (Revueltas, Dvorak) juxtaposed with some of Mozart's most elegant music. To be sure, there is great playfulness and powerful expression in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante, a double concerto, which features Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra Concert Master, Heather Austin-Stone and Principal Viola, Dana Rokosny.  It is difficult to find more musical pathos, for instance, than the slow movement of the Sinfonia Concertante. Yet, even when earthy, Mozart sieves that experience so that it becomes perhaps both more concentrated and at the same time so refined.  In contrast, Dvorak is at his most bucolic in his peasantish Czech Suite, filled with one beautiful melody or great dance rhythm after another.  Right at the center of the program we present the outrageously colorful and brashly pulsing music of Mexican composer, Sylvestre Revueltas, in this homage to his home country.

David Drosinos, principal clarinetist
David Drosinos, principal clarinetist


Saturday, March 28, 2015 | 8:00 p.m.
Frank Arts Center Theater

Featuring principal clarinetist, David Drosinos

Béla Bartòk: Romanian Folk Dances
Paul Ben-Haim: Pastorale Variée
John Williams: Viktor’s Tale
Hayden Symphony No. 104, "The London"

We open with Bartòk's Romanian Folk Dances derived from the music of the traditional dances of Transylvania, Romania, and Hungary. Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra Principal Clarinetist, David Drosinos, is featured in "Salt of the Earth" with pieces that explore the energy of life of Central Europe.  Israeli composer Paul Ben-Haim's Pastorale Variée is wistful and bucolic, while John Williams' Viktor's Tale contrasts with great vigor.   We close with Haydn's final symphony, a masterpiece written with hat doffed to the Londoners for whom it was written. The piece is profound and also by turns jaunty, strong, expressive, and, of course, earthy .

Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra

The orchestra is composed of fine musicians from the Baltimore-Washington area, many of them talented members of the Shepherd University music department faculty. The orchestra’s exciting programming provides “something for everyone” on each concert, regardless of personal listening preference or prior exposure to classical music. Concerts feature selections from well-known classical orchestra repertoire, often an outstanding soloist, and at least one, usually lesser-known, newer composition of wide appeal.

Why is the 2RCO important to the community?

  • National studies are documenting how important the arts are to creating the very foundation that can convert a bedroom community into a robust destination point
  • Study after study across America points to the important role that the cultural arts play in creating healthy economic and social communities
  • Without its own orchestra, live orchestral music is only heard by residents willing to travel to larger cities
  • According to a national survey, for every $1 spent by audiences attending arts events, $2.31 is spent on hotels, restaurants, transportation, and other goods and services
  • Nationally, an average arts patron spends $22.87 in area restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, retail shops, gas stations, etc. for each event
  • In Mongalia County, WV, the average arts patron spends $39.81 in area restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, retail shops, gas stations, etc. for each event
  • The arts generate nearly $30 billion in revenue for local, state, and federal governments every year. The three levels of government collectively spend less than $4 billion annually to support them. This is a spectacular 7-to-1 return on investment that would thrill Wall Street

How can you help the 2RCO?

    • The more people that know about the 2RCO, the more opportunities we will have to share the world’s greatest music and add cultural value and enrichment to our communities
    • $1,000 donors are listed in all programs as a sponsor of a principal chair
    • Grants are a great resource for orchestra funding. To date, the 2RCO has operated with donated funds.
    • Each concert has an area business sponsor publically featured in the community. Encourage local business leaders to support the 2RCO by becoming a sponsor.

The Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra would not be possible without the generous support of people like you. To contribute to the orchestra or to sponsor and name a principal chair, click here. To purchase tickets, click here.


Jed Gaylin to Lead the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra

Jed Gaylin, music director
Jed Gaylin, music director
With financial assistance from:

Listen to 2RCO

Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, No. 8
Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
Performed by 2RCO Sept. 18, 2010

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Concerto in C, Op. 9, No. 5: Adagio non troppo
for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo
Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751)
Performed by 2RCO Sept. 18, 2010

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2RCO History

Read more about the history of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra.