- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will perform its first “pay what you wish” concerts, exploring the question of how much will people pay for the arts.

The sliding scale ticket event will feature German romanticism over two days, Jan. 23 and Jan. 24. Those who wish to hear the musical genius of Beethoven or Mendelssohn are left to decide what the experience is worth.

WVSO President Joe Tackett says the “pay what you wish” idea is intended to explore the “price barrier” that keeps some people from hearing the symphony. He’s concerned the music isn’t reaching as many West Virginians as it should.

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