Wheeling Symphony Season Calendar, 2015-2016


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Masterworks I

Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony & Koh plays Bernstein

Friday, October 9, 2015

André Raphel, conductor

Jennifer Koh, violin


Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol

Bernstein: Serenade (after Plato’s Symposium)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

The opening Masterworks program begins with Rimsky- Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, hailed by Tchaikovsky as “a colossal masterpiece of instrumentation.” Jennifer Koh plays Bernstein’s Serenade inspired by Plato’s dialogue on love. The program closes with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, one of his most expressive and lyrical symphonies. jenniferkoh.com


Masterworks II

Stravinsky’s Firebird, Sibelius’ 150th & Almond plays Mendelssohn

Friday, November 6, 2015

André Raphel, conductor

Frank Almond, violin


Sibelius: Karelia Overture

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto

Sibelius: Symphony No. 7   (First WSO performance)

Stravinsky: Firebird Suite 1919

Frank Almond returns to Wheeling playing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Mr. Almond was in the news last year when his 1715 “Lipinski” Stradivarius violin was stolen after a concert and recovered nine days later.  Celebrating Sibelius’ 150th Anniversary, his Karelia Overture opens the concert and is followed by his Symphony No. 7 in its first performance by the Wheeling Symphony.  The program finale features Stravinsky’s exhilarating Firebird Suite.  frankalmond.com


Masterworks III

Schumann’s Rhenish & Angela Cheng plays Beethoven

Friday, March 11, 2016

André Raphel, conductor

Angela Cheng, piano


Mozart: Six German Dances, K. 509

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4

Schumann: Symphony No. 3 (Rhenish)

Angela Cheng, praised for her brilliant technique and tonal beauty, plays Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 on this German themed concert.  The program begins with Mozart’s spirited Six German Dances written an hour before guests arrived at a party and closes with Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, with its exuberant depiction of the Rhine River. www.pianistangelacheng.com.


Masterworks IV

Symphonie Fantastique, French Festival, Fuchs, and Biegel

French Festival: Inspired by Art, Romance and History

Friday, May 20, 2016

André Raphel, conductor

Jeffrey Biegel, piano


Chabrier: Joyeuse Marche (First WSO Performance)

Fauré: Pelleas et Melisande

Kenneth Fuchs: Piano Concerto (Spiritualist), co-commissioned work

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

This French inspired program connects various arts disciplines. The highlight of this concert is the co-commissioned Piano Concerto by Kenneth Fuchs written for Jeffrey Biegel.  Mr. Fuchs was commissioned by the Wheeling Symphony to write Forever Free for West Virginia’s Sesquicentennial. The concert opens with Chabrier’s playful Joyeuse Marche while thoughts of love abound in Faure’s Pelléas et Mélisande. Continuing the theme of love, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique will close the program and end the 2015-16 Season with tremendous power! www.jeffreybiegel.com www.kennethfuchs.com.


Pops 1

The Ultimate Rock Show:  Moody Blues, ELO and More…

Friday, September 25, 2015

André Raphel, conductor

Jeans ‘n Classics

Symphonic rock gave us the era of the classic album, the mega tour, and iconic bands and songs.  These legendary songs including Whiter Shade of Pale, Nights in White Satin, Strange Magic, Red Rain, and many more are brought to life by the Wheeling Symphony with Jeans ‘n Classics featuring the vocals of Jean Meilleur. Share the legend with The Ultimate Rock Show – an exciting Season Opener!  www.jeansnclassics.com/shows/ultimate-symphonic-rock-show.asp.


Pops 2

Spectrum: A Tribute to Motown and R&B

Friday, February 12, 2016

Guest conductor


With a vocal quartet of remarkable voices and energetic spark, Spectrum delivers versatility in the songs of the Temptations, Spinners, Four Tops and others.   My Girl, You Make Me Feel Brand New, Just My Imagination, I’ll Be There, Stand By Me, Baby Baby, and many more will keep you singing and dancing as Spectrum returns to the Capitol Theatre with the Wheeling Symphony.  www.spectrumsings.com.


Pops 3

Time for Three tf3

Friday, April 22, 2016

André Raphel, conductor

Time for Three – Violinists Zachary De Pue & Nicholas Kendall; and bassist Ranaan Meyer

Time for Three defies any classification, happily and infectiously with a mix of virtuosity and showmanship.  They share a special relationship with the Wheeling Symphony since they have returned to play with the orchestra twice since their first performance early in their career.  Hear, see and be swept up in the force of their contagious energy as they play everything from bluegrass and folk tunes to mash-ups of hits by the Beatles, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and others.  “Simply put, they’re a knockout! Time for Three is the future of music.” – Sir Simon Rattle.  www.tf3.com.


Special Event

Main Street Bank Symphony on Ice at WesBanco Arena

Thursday, December 3, 2015

André Raphel, conductor

A local holiday tradition returns!  Symphony on Ice features Olympic Skaters, local skate clubs from Wheeling and Pittsburgh and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra.  Come and hear middle and high school choirs singing everyone’s favorite songs of the holiday season.  It’s an evening the whole family will love.