Maestro André Raphel Conducts Respighi’s Pines for Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s 88th Season Finale

May 7, 2018 4:21 pm
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(Wheeling, WV) Wheeling Symphony Orchestra (WSO) announces the final concert of the 2017-2018 season, Respighi’s Pines of Rome, conducted by Music Director André Raphel, featuring soprano, Deborah Selig. The performance will be held Friday, May 18, 2018 at 7:30 pm at the Capitol Theatre in Wheeling, WV.

The Wheeling Symphony’s 88th season finale opens with Antonin Dvorak’s rousing “Carnival Overture,” followed by Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4, an engaging and powerful work from arguably his most beautiful period.  Soprano Deborah Selig will join the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra by performing Five Songs with Orchestra by R. Strauss. The concert concludes with Respighi’s majestic and expressive Pines of Rome, painting a musical portrait of scenes around The Eternal City.  A powerful and magical ending to an impressive musical journey, where it is clear that “Music is the Key.”

“The season finale program on May 18 features works by four composers whose music has made an indelible impact historically; Dvorak, Beethoven, Richard Strauss and Respighi,” says Music Director André Raphel.  “We began the 2017-18 season with Berlioz’ Roman Carnival Overture.  Thus, the idea of rounding out the season with a celebratory “Carnival Overture” and focus on the eternal city of Rome seemed an attractive one. Dvorak’s Carnival Overture brings out the Czech folk spirit and lyrical qualities of his music.”

The concert will feature guest artist, Deborah Selig, whose voice has been described by the press as “radiant,” “beautifully rich,” “capable of any emotional nuance,” and “impressively nimble.”  Her 2017-18 season highlights include a new recital program with tenor Gregory Zavracky and pianist Tanya Blaich with Highland Center for the Arts in Vermont, University of Connecticut and Brown University; Mozart’s Requiem with Brown University Chorus; and Brahms’ Requiem with Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum.  Ms. Selig has also appeared on numerous operatic stages, such as the Dayton Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, and Kentucky Opera.  Currently on voice faculty at Brown University and Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Ms. Selig earned an Artist Diploma and MM degrees from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a summa cum laude BM/BA in Voice and English from the University of Michigan.

“In many ways, the season finale program encompasses the musical traits that have now become a part of the orchestra’s sound,” adds Maestro Raphel.  “We welcome Deborah Selig with great enthusiasm for her Wheeling debut. The songs by Richard Strauss that she’ll sing focus not only on color, but also on poetry through the song texts.  Combined with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4, these Songs bring a distinctly German character to this concert. The program’s closing with Respighi’s thrilling Pines of Rome is more than special. Its repertoire and musical styles that we’ve now become immersed in and exploring it anew with the Orchestra on this season finale is sure to be exciting for all of us onstage and the audience.”

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, concert goers are encouraged to attend a farewell celebration honoring Maestro Raphel in the ballroom.

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