Music Director Finalist Timothy Hankewich Returns to Wheeling Symphony Orchestra to Open Masterwork’s Season

October 2, 2018 2:23 pm
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(Wheeling, WV) Wheeling Symphony Orchestra (WSO) announces its next concert of the 2018-19 season, Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique, conducted by Music Director Finalist Timothy Hankewich, featuring guest artist Bella Hristova. The performance will be held Friday, October 19 at 7:30 pm at the Capitol Theatre in Wheeling, WV.

Our Masterworks opener features Felix Mendelssohn’s overture to A Midsummers Night’s Dream, a tour-de-force performance from Avery Fisher Grant Recipient, Bella Hristova, who the Washington Post hails as “a player of impressive power and control,” and Tchaikovsky’s triumphant Symphony No. 6.

Bella Hristova enjoys a growing international career as a concert and chamber violinist.  During Ms. Hristova’s 2017-2018 season, she performed and recorded Beethoven’s 10 Sonatas for Piano and Violin in a nation-wide recital tour presented by Chamber Music New Zealand, with acclaimed pianist Michael Houstoun.  Ms. Hristova also performs standard concerto repertoire and those by American composers Lukas Foss, Samuel Barber, and David Ludwig, appearing with the Chautauqua, Austin, and Milwaukee symphonies, among others.  As part of her busy and varied career, she performs recitals and chamber music throughout the U.S.

Maestro Timothy Hankewich returns to Wheeling to conduct the opening Masterwork’s concert, after previously opening our season with “Surf’s Up! A Tribute to the Beach Boys.”  He is currently the Music Director for Orchestra Iowa, located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he resides with his wife Jill.  He is a native of Dawson Creek, British Columbia. He graduated with both his Bachelors and Masters of Music Degree from the University of Alberta. He received his doctorate in instrumental and opera conducting from Indiana University. His studies have also included summers in Victoria (as a young pianist), Vienna and Aspen (as a conductor) where he worked under the tutelage of Maestros Bruno Weill and David Zinman, respectively.

“I am extremely excited about my upcoming masterworks performance with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra as it features some of my all-time-favorite pieces.  Audiences are in store for quite an emotional roller coaster in this program,” says music director finalist and conductor, Timothy Hankewich.  “In my view, the 6th Symphony represents Tchaikovsky at his greatest.  With the highest highs and lowest lows of the Tchaikovsky we’re complimenting the work with my favorite violin concertos of all time—the Sibelius violin concerto featuring the considerable talents of Bella Hristova.  This piece goes toe-to-toe with the Tchaikovsky in terms of passion with plenty of fireworks that will be sure to launch the audience to their feet. To round off the program, I’ve decided to start with a light-hearted, frothy work by Mendelssohn—his overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Assembling a program is much like putting a great meal together.  Knowing what’s in store for the audience with the Sibelius and Tchaikovsky, I want to avoid exhausting people prematurely with too much of the same high-octane style of music.  The Mendelssohn makes the perfect light-hearted appetizer to open the concert before the soloist and orchestra gives it to the audience with both barrels!  This is going to be fun and I can’t wait to see you there.”

Prior to the concert, patrons can purchase a pre-show, prix fixe dinner, catered by Dianna’s Cakes and Catering 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 Hankewich and other guests offer an informative and intriguing look at the story behind the music to be presented that evening.

Immediately following the performance, the board of directors cordially invites attendees to stay for a free post-show reception with Maestro Hankewich and other members of the symphony orchestra.

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