Celebrate Independence Day with a riveting performance from the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, followed immediately by a fireworks show! This event is FREE and will begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please contact the City Parks of Clarksburg at 304-624-1655.
Tan Dun, Beethoven, Rimsky-Korsakov André Raphel, conductor Jennifer Frautschi, violin A masterful program fusing the music and culture of East and West traditions. Music Director André Raphel examines the percussive, sweeping rhythm of Tan Dun’s “Symphonic Poem of 3 Notes” and the dazzling, colorful orchestration in Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” (inspired by Arabian Nights). Two time Grammy nominated violinist Jennifer Frautschi joins the WSO performing Beethoven’s “Violin Concerto,” a dramatic lyrical showpiece.
Stravinsky, Bach, Danielpour & Mozart André Raphel, conductor Rachel Stegeman, violin Juan Jaramillo, violin Igor Stravinsky’s charming “Pulcinella Suite” begins this all WSO concert. Stravinsky called this work his “discovery of the past” and “gateway” to his future compositions. The timeless Bach “Double Violin Concerto” highlights the virtuosity of our very own Rachel Stegeman and Juan Jaramillo. The lively concerto is characterized by the expressive counterpoint between the two violins. The concert continues with Richard Danilepour’s “Adagietto for Strings” a WSO commission that Danielpour called “…an exciting fusion, being written as it is for Wheeling—one of the smallest cities to maintain an orchestra of this caliber…” The concert concludes with Mozart’s final “Symphony, No. 41” (Jupiter) where Mozart demonstrates his sheer brilliance as a composer. Its emotional range prefigures the vast expressive canvas that foreshadow the symphonies of Beethoven.
Berlioz, Prokofiev & Rachmaninoff André Raphel, conductor Stewart Goodyear, piano The lyrical “Roman Carnival Overture” by Hector Berlioz opens this spectacular showcase of symphonic music by the WSO. The Los Angeles Times proclaimed returning guest artist, Stewart Goodyear “a phenomenon!” He joins the WSO performing Sergei Prokofiev’s inventive and witty “Piano Concerto No. 3.” This masterful concert concludes with Sergei Rachmaninoff’s gorgeous, melodic “Symphony No. 2,” one of the composer’s best known compositions. A monumental concert experience!
André Raphel, conductor Scott Coulter, vocalist/host Jessica Hendy, vocalist Kelli Rabke, vocalist John Boswell, vocalist/pianist The Wheeling Symphony begins its 88th Anniversary Season with an evening of Broadway’s timeless hits. Come hear the WSO perform the music from “Wicked,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Annie,” “Jersey Boys,” “The Sound of Music,” “Chicago,” “CATS,” “The Lion King,” “A Chorus Line” and more! Some of New York’s top vocalists join the WSO in this ultimate show tune extravaganza. The perfect opening night concert!
The 50-member WVU Wind Symphony will present “a la Sousa,” a concert in the style of those performed by the John Philip Sousa Band in the early part of the 20th century.
Contemporary American classical composer, John Williams has written some of the most popular music of the modern era. His themes echo in our collective consciousness and remind us of the powerful role music plays in the movies. From the Jedi and Storm Trooper themes of STAR WARS, to the magic of HARRY POTTER, and the action of unlikely hero INDIANA JONES, John Williams’ music will delight and entertain the entire family. Join Maestro André Raphel and your very own Wheeling Symphony Orchestra for this exciting concert! Fun for the Whole Family, Costumes Encouraged!
The performance will include the following program: "Gone Fishing" Mozart String Quartet No. 17 in Bb Major, "The Hunt" K458 Igor Frolov: Divertimento for 2 Violins and Piano Schubert: Piano Quintet in A Major, D.667 "The Trout" with guest artists: Hannah Pressley, bass Victoria Fatu, piano Members of the Montclaire String Quartet: Anton Shelepov, violin I Cristian Fatu, violin II Bernard Di Gregorio, viola Andrea Di Gregorio, cello