Wheeling Symphony Concert & Fireworks

A Wheeling tradition! Enjoy a performance of American favorites by Wheeling Symphony Orchestra followed by fireworks on the riverfront at Wheeling’s Heritage Port!

Celebrate America! Wheeling Symphony and Fireworks

A Wheeling tradition! Enjoy a performance of American favorites by Wheeling Symphony Orchestra followed by fireworks on the riverfront at Wheeling’s Heritage Port!

Wheeling Symphony presents “East Meets West”

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.

Wheeling Symphony presents “A Tribute to the Beatles”

André Raphel, conductor Classical Mystery Tour With more than 30 timeless Beatles tunes sung, played, and performed exactly as they were written, Classical Mystery Tour is more than just a rock concert! Come hear Penny Lane with a live trumpet section; experience the beauty of Yesterday with an acoustic guitar and string quartet; enjoy the rock/classical blend on the hard edged I Am the Walrus. From early Beatles music through the solo years, Classical Mystery Tour is the best of the Beatles like you’ve never heard them: totally live…a concert bridging generations of all music lovers!

Wheeling Symphony presents “Inspired By Dance”

André Raphel, conductor Christopher O’Riley, piano Program Stravinsky: Scherzo a la Russe Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 Ravel: La Valse Ravel: Bolero This exhilarating concert takes its inspiration from dance, opening with the rhythmic Scherzo a la Russe by Stravinsky. Returning guest artist and “From the Top” radio host Christopher O’Riley performs one of Rachmaninoff’s most enduringly popular pieces, Piano Concerto No. 2; with its big opening chords and beautiful melodic line, the piano will truly dance with the orchestra in this spectacular romantic piece. The performance concludes with two ballet works by Ravel: La Valse and the perennial favorite Bolero, which Ravel viewed as an experiment in repetition, rhythm, crescendo and orchestration.

Wheeling Symphony presents “Video Games Live!”

Tommy Tallarico, creator and host An incredible concert event produced by the video gaming industry! Video Games Live features music from the most popular video games of all time. Designed to acknowledge the culture and art that video games have become, the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra performs with exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussionists, live action and interactive segments to create a unique entertainment experience! Bridging generations and exposing music lovers and fans to the symphonic orchestral experience, Video Games Live provides a new and different experience that the whole family — non-gamers included — will absolutely love!

Wheeling Symphony presents “An All American Evening!”

André Raphel, conductor Svet Stoyanov, percussion Program Copland: Appalachian Spring Higdon: Percussion Concerto Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 (From the New World) From the New World! Quintessential American composer Aaron Copland’s elegant awakening of an Appalachian Spring and the famous variations on a simple, Shaker tune open this wonderful program. The range and complexity of percussion instruments will amaze as guest artist, Svet Stoyanov joins the WSO to perform Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto. The concert concludes with Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 (From the New World) one of the most popular symphonic works in the repertoire. Dvorak was inspired by the music of Native Americans and African American spirituals. Astronaut Neil Armstrong took a recording of this symphony on the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, the first landing on the moon!

Wheeling Symphony presents “The Music of John Williams: STAR WARS & More!”

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!