Internationally Renowned Pianist Returns to Wheeling Symphony Orchestra For Evening of Celebrated French and Russian Composers
(Wheeling, WV) Wheeling Symphony Orchestra announces the next concert of the 2017-2018 season,
Russian Masterpieces, conducted by Music Director André Raphel, featuring guest artist Stewart
Goodyear. The performance will be held Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the Capitol Theatre
in Wheeling, WV.
The program will begin with Hector Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture. Next, Stewart Goodyear will join
the WSO performing Prokofiev’s inventive and witty Piano Concerto No. 3. Mr. Goodyear has been
declared “a phenomenon” (Los Angeles Times) and “one of the best pianists of his generation”
“French and Russian works are the focal point of the evening,” says Music Director André Raphel.”
“From a programmatic perspective, the idea of featuring overtures to begin and end the season which
have in part the title “Carnival Overture” was an intriguing concept. As composers, Berlioz and Prokofiev
liked to push performers to their technical limits and the works on this concert are colorful, rhythmically
propulsive and challenging. It will be especially meaningful to collaborate with Stewart Goodyear on
Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Concerto as it will be orchestra’s third collaboration with him on a major Russian
Stewart Goodyear was last seen with Wheeling Symphony Orchestra in May 2013, performing
Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. A native of Canada, Mr. Goodyear began his training at The Royal
Conservatory in Toronto, received his bachelor’s degree from Curtis Institute of Music, and completed
his master’s degree at The Juilliard School. Known as an improviser and composer, he has been
commissioned by orchestras and chamber music organizations, and performs his own solo works. Mr.
Goodyear also has an extensive discography, including his own transcription of Tchaikovsky’s “The
Nutcracker (Complete Ballet)”, which was released October 2015 and was chosen by the New York
Times as one of the best classical music recordings of 2015.
The evening will conclude with Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2, one of his best-known pieces.
“Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2 is a personal favorite and is certainly one of his most admired works,”
adds Raphel. “It’s actually surprisingly subtle music in its construction and Rachmaninov’s gift for
creating long sweeping themes makes a lasting impression.”
Prior to the concert, patrons can purchase a pre-show, prix fixe dinner, catered by Rocco Basil in the
Capitol Theatre Ballroom starting at 5:30 pm. Patrons can also join us for a free “Concert Talk” at 6:30
pm where Maestro Raphel and other guests offer an informative and intriguing look at the story behind
the music to be presented that evening. Immediately following the performance, attendees can attend a
free wine and cheese post-show reception with Maestro Raphel and other members of the symphony