Broadway Superstar Joins the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra in an Evening of Classic Broadway, Star Wars & Disney Favorites

April 9, 2019 1:25 pm
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(Wheeling, WV) Wheeling Symphony Orchestra (WSO) announces the next concert of the 2018-19 season, Once Upon a Time with guest artist Sierra Boggess, conducted by Music Director Finalist John Devlin. The performance will be held Friday, April 26 at 7:30 pm at the Capitol Theatre in Wheeling, WV. 

It’s time to make you believe in fairy tales once again! From classic Broadway and movie scores, to Disney favorites and Star Wars, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The concert traces a path through stories that have remained popular over generations and features Broadway Star Soprano Sierra Boggess.

Sierra Boggess is an Olivier nominated actress, best known world-wide for her role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, West End, and the televised 25th Anniversary concert productions of Phantom.  Ms. Boggess made her Broadway debut as Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, receiving Drama Desk and Drama League Nominations, as well as the Audience Award for Favorite Female Breakthrough Performance. Her additional Broadway credits include Master ClassIt Shoulda Been You, and School of Rock. Boggess’ Off-Broadway credits include Love, Loss, and What I Wore and Music in the Air, alongside Kristin Chenoweth, for New York City Center’s Encores! Series. In the West End, Boggess has appeared as Fantine in Les Miserables and originated the role of Christine Daae in Love Never Dies, the critically acclaimed sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, receiving an Olivier Award Nomination for her performance.

John Devlin returns to the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra after having conducted last month’s Masterwork’s concert, Brahms Symphony No. 4.  He is the Music Director of the Hawaii Youth Symphony and Artistic Director of the Pacific Music Institute. John has also held positions with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. Of his debut concert with the NSO and soloist Joshua Bell, Anne Midgette of the Washington Post wrote that Devlin “led the evening with flair … and was visibly in his element.”

Devlin is also a leader in designing concerts that frame orchestral music in new and innovative ways. His thinking has inspired many forward-looking concepts such as Gourmet Symphony, of which he is the Founding Artistic Director, Go-Go Symphony, Seamless Symphony, Interactive Symphony, and the New Retro Project. Devlin holds masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Maryland School of Music and his undergraduate degree from Emory University. 

“Sierra Boggess is one of my very favorite artists and I am so excited to be collaborating with her once again in the show Once Upon a Time,” says music director finalist and conductor John Devlin. “Sierra is famous for her roles in The Little Mermaid and The Phantom of the Opera, so we have decided to center the show around favorites from Disney and Broadway. There is something for everyone on the program with all-time favorites like Guys and Dolls and My Fair Lady. We’ll also visit music from Pocahontas and Beauty and the Beast, and I’ve even snuck in a few of my favorites like Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars! The whole family will love this show and we can’t wait to share Sierra’s amazing talent with everyone in Wheeling.”

Prior to the concert, patrons can purchase a pre-show, prix fixe dinner buffet, catered by Chef Charlie Schlegel of Ye Olde Alpha in the Capitol Theatre Ballroom starting at 6:00 pm.  Immediately following the performance, the board of directors cordially invites attendees to stay for a free post-show reception with Maestro Devlin and other members of the symphony orchestra.

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