Wheeling Symphony Orchestra Celebrates Beethoven’s 250th Birthday

March 4, 2020 2:16 pm
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(Wheeling, WV) Wheeling Symphony Orchestra (WSO) announces the next concert of its 90th season, Beethoven at 250, featuring violinist SooBeen Lee, conducted by Music Director John Devlin. The performance will be held Friday, March 13 at 7:30 pm at the Capitol Theatre in Wheeling, WV. 

Happy Birthday, Beethoven! Celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday with the WSO. His Seventh Symphony is one of his most celebrated works, both energetic and dramatic. And, hear two living, female rock stars in action, back-to-back! First, Pulitzer-prize-winner Caroline Shaw’s haunting Entr’acte, a gorgeous work for strings based on a string quartet by Haydn. Then, violinist SooBeen Lee makes her debut with the WSO in Mendelssohn’s indelible Violin Concerto, a piece filled with heart and virtuosity.

Violinist SooBeen Lee has been called “Korea’s hottest violin prodigy” (HanCinema). She began studying the violin at the age of four. At eight years old she won the National Competition of the Korean Chamber Orchestra, First Prize at the Russia International Youth Violin Competition the following year, and she captured First Prize at the 2013 Moscow International David Oistrakh Violin Competition. Ms. Lee’s highlights include Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy with the Detroit Symphony, the Sibelius Concerto at the Brevard Music Festival, the Sarasate Carmen Fantasy and James Newton Howard’s “The Village Romance” with the Bangor Symphony, and the Mozart Concerto No. 4 with the Sinfonia Gulf Coast. She also performs for the Artists Series Concerts of Sarasota, the Jupiter Chamber Players in New York City, and on a special Young Concert Artists Gala at Alice Tully Hall.

“For my audition concert a year ago, I realized a special musical connection with the players of the WSO through our work together on Brahms’ Symphony no. 4,” says Music Director and Conductor John Devlin. “Another masterwork of this time period is Beethoven’s Symphony no. 7, and I cannot wait to rehearse and perform this special piece with the orchestra. In addition, Caroline Shaw and SooBeen Lee are some of the brightest young talents in classical music, and I think it wonderful that we will feature them both on the first half of our performance. Don’t forget, every WSO Masterworks concert has a special surprise embedded into the evening—but everyone will have to join us at the Capitol to find out what we have planned!”

Prior to the concert, patrons can purchase a pre-show, prix fixe dinner in the Capitol Theatre Ballroom starting at 5:30 pm for $30 per person. Reservations can be made by calling the box office at 304-232-6191. Concertgoers are also invited to attend Concert Talk at 6:30 pm in the ballroom for a behind the music talk with Maestro Devlin. Immediately following the performance, the board of directors cordially invites attendees to stay for a post-show reception with Maestro Devlin and other members of the symphony orchestra. 

Beethoven at 250 is generously supported by concert sponsors: Lou and Charlotte Khourey, John and Gail Looney, and Kim and Holly McCluskey.

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