Upcoming Events

Date Performing City Venue
09/13/20 SoundBites: American Journey Wheeling, West Virginia Oglebay Glessner Ballroom
Time: 1:30pm. Admission: $45 – $85. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: Call 304-232-6191. Address: Oglebay Park. We will first take you on “An American Journey,” starting in New York, traveling down through Virginia, into Pennsylvania and ending in Washington DC. The featured work will be Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring. We will present the world premiere of a living composer, Adolphus Hailstork, and his heartfelt piece for string orchestra Variations on Swing Low Sweet Chariot. Also on the program are pieces by American composers Jessie Montgomery and George Walker.
10/11/20 SoundBites: European Expedition Wheeling, West Virginia Oglebay Glessner Ballroom
Time: 1:30pm. Admission: $45 – $85. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: Call 304-232-6191. Address: Oglebay Park. We fly over the Atlantic for our “European Expedition” and explore a series of arrangements by the British composer Iain Farrington. Farrington has spent years arranging masterpieces by other composers into versions that are playable by smaller orchestras of approximately 15 members. We will present favorites by composers such as Mozart, Grieg, Brahms, Debussy, and others.
11/08/20 SoundBites: Global Celebration Wheeling, West Virginia Oglebay Glessner Ballroom
Time: 1:30pm. Admission: $45 – $85. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: Call 304-232-6191. Address: Oglebay Park. The final concert of the series is a “Global Celebration” and our own WSO musicians will take center stage. Our adventure begins in Argentina, with a rousing work by the king of tango, Astor Piazzolla. We will then head to Japan and hear a haunting concerto for solo alto flute and harp by the legendary Toru Takemitsu, featuring WSO principals Barbara O’Brien (flute) and Fran Duffy (harp). Now traversing west, we arrive in Russia, where we will experience the wrenching music of Dimitri Shostakovich in his String Quartet no. 8, arranged for string orchestra. Then, we turn our attention back to Europe and explore the work of a relatively unknown but brilliant French composer from the Classical period, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, in a concerto for solo violin played by WSO Concertmaster Rachel Stegeman.

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