2016-2017 College Concert Series

Wheeling Symphony Announces 2016-17 College Concert Series

The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra announced the College Concert Series, which is now in its seventh season.

The College Concert Series, conceived by Maestro André Raphel, provides tickets at no cost to four Wheeling Symphony concerts for college students throughout the Ohio Valley. Additionally, faculty and staff of these schools receive the same concert tickets at a 50% reduced rate.

“The College Series was originally conceived of as an audience development initiative,” Raphel said. “The goal is to eliminate the barriers, specifically financial that surround attending concerts and create a unique social experience for students.”

The colleges and universities which are part of the 2016-17 College Series are: Belmont College, Bethany College, Eastern Gateway Community College, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio University Eastern, Washington & Jefferson College, West Liberty University, West Virginia Business College, West Virginia Northern Community College, West Virginia University, and Wheeling Jesuit University.

Concerts in the series include:

  • OPENING NIGHT – FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE: Thursday, September 22, 2016 – 7:30pm
  • AN ALL AMERICAN EVENING! Thursday, November 10, 2016 – 7:30pm
  • INSPIRED BY DANCE: Friday, March 10, 2017 – 7:30pm
  • ORCHESTRAL COLORS & SOUNDS: Friday, May 12, 2017 – 7:30pm

“This series of concerts aims to make orchestral music more accessible. Only by continuing to educate and create new opportunities for experience, can we hope to develop in the next generation an appreciation of the arts. It’s my hope that through this program many students and faculty will experience the orchestra and the wide spectrum of music it plays for the first time,” Raphel said.

“As a West Liberty alumni who participated in the Wheeling Symphony College Concert Series, I had the benefit of seeing free live orchestral performances throughout my college experience,” Lauren Baker, customer relations manager and education coordinator for the Wheeling Symphony, said. “I am excited to work directly with the local universities and colleges to broaden our outreach and make sure everyone knows about this tremendous opportunity.”

“This year’s series features: Russian Masterpieces by Tchaikovsky & Shostakovich; Music of the American Experience by Copland & Dvorak; Orchestral works originally set to Dance by Ravel & Rachmaninoff; and colorful Symphonic works by Strauss, Barber & Mahler.  All the concerts by the WSO highlight the amazing range and talent of our our very own Orchestra. Some of our students have indicated they’ve never been exposed to live orchestral music, and their enthusiasm is contagious!  Seeing their interest in orchestral concerts bloom is why this unique program is so rewarding.”

Students, faculty and staff only need to present their college/university ID at the Capitol Theatre Box Office the night of the performance to receive their tickets.

For more information, call the Wheeling Symphony Box Office at 304-232-6191. Groups of students are welcome.