Wheeling Symphony Orchestra

Season Calendar 2018-19

SURF’S UP! A TRIBUTE TO THE BEACH BOYS

Friday, September 21, 2018 – 7:30pm

Timothy Hankewich, music director finalist and conductor
Phil Dirt and the Dozers, guest artist

Program
It’s time for some fun, fun, fun! The California surf! Sand in your shoes and a great big setting sun! It’s the music of America! It’s SURF’S UP! –A Tribute to The Beach Boys! Join Phil Dirt and the Dozers and the WSO as they play all your favorite hits, including everyone loves California Girls, God Only Knows, Help Me Rhonda, and Surfin’ USA. It’s the music you know and love, so grab your ticket and sing-a-long as we keep the summer feelin’ alive!

TCHAIKOVSKY’S PATHETIQUE

Friday, October 19, 2018 – 7:30pm

Timothy Hankewich, music director finalist and conductor
Bella Hristova, violin

Program
Romero, Aldemaro:  Fuga con Pajarillo

Sibelius, Jean:  Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky:  Symphony No. 6

Our Masterworks opener features sweeping Latin rhythms from Romero, a tour-de-force performance from Avery Fisher Grant Recipient, Bela Hristova, who the Washington Post hails as “a player of impressive power and control,” and Tchaikovksy’s triumphant Symphony No. 6.

A NIGHT IN VIENNA

Thursday, November 15, 2018 – 7:30pm

Andrés Franco, music director finalist and conductor
Alexi Kenney, violin

Program
J. Strauss, Jr.: Overture to Der Zigeunerbaron (The Gypsy Baron)

J. Brahms: Violin Concerto J. Strauss, Jr.: Csárdás from Ritter Pásmán
R. Straus: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier Op. 59 (1945)

The Imperial City has captured the imagination of music lovers for centuries, and counts Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms among its illustrious inhabitants. Johann Strauss, Jr. immortalized Vienna through his delightful music, inspiring Richard Strauss to write the famous waltzes of Der Rosenkavalier. Violinist Alexi Kenney, the recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, makes his Wheeling Symphony debut performing Brahms’ beloved Violin Concerto.

MAIN STREET BANK PRESENTS SYMPHONY ON ICE
At Wesbanco Arena

Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Roger Kalia, music director finalist and conductor

Program
Don’t miss the Ohio Valley’s favorite holiday show! Join the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra along with champion professional skaters, the Pittsburgh and Wheeling Skate Clubs, local middle and high school choirs, and surprise guests as we welcome in the sounds of the season! It’s a holiday tradition the entire family will enjoy!

SUPERHEROES!

Friday, January 18, 2019 – 7:30pm

Silas Huff, music director finalist and conductor

Program
Grab your capes and suits for an action-packed program with the WSO! Including themes from Superman, Spider-Man, the Incredibles, Captain America, The Dark Knight, and The Avengers series, this concert also features a special tribute to our real-life heroes – the men and women of the US armed forces. So, join the WSO as we celebrate your loved caped-crusader!

MUSIC OF THE KNIGHTS: SIR ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, SIR ELTON JOHN, AND SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY

Friday, February 22, 2019 – 7:30pm

Andrés Franco, music director finalist and conductor

Program
Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney are not only knights—they also happen to be three of the most successful songwriters of all time with careers that span decades. “Music of the Knights®” honors their lasting musical influence with songs like Memory, I Don’t Know How to Love Him, Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina, The Phantom of the Opera, Circle of Life, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Your Song, Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Yesterday, Hey Jude, and many more!

BRAHMS: SYMPHONY NO. 4

Friday, March 15, 2019 – 7:30pm

John Devlin, music director finalist and conductor
Solomon Howard, bass

Program
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture (rev. 1880)                                 

Arias, Spirituals, and Songs
Sarastro: O Isis und Osiris and In diesen heil’gen Hallen from Magic Flute
Kern: Ol’ Man River from Showboat
Gershwin: I Got Plenty of Nothing from Porgy and Bess
Brahms: Symphony No. 4

The program opens with Tchaikovsky’s magical Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture.  Solomon Howard, bass joins the WSO through a program of Arias, Spirituals and Songs.  His voice has been described as “superhuman” by The Denver Post.  The evening ends with Brahms’ Symphony No. 4, creating a most thunderous and joy-filled close to a spectacular program.

ONCE UPON A TIME

Friday, April 26, 2019 – 7:30pm

John Devlin, music director finalist and conductor
Sierra Boggess, soprano

Program
It’s time to make you believe in fairy tales once again! From classic Broadway and movie scores, to Disney favorites and Star Wars, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The concert traces a path through stories that have remained popular over generations and features Soprano Sierra Boggess, known for her starring roles on Broadway including Ariel in The Little Mermaid, and Christine in The Phantom of the Opera.

FATE AND TRIUMPH: TCHAIKOVSKY’S FOURTH SYMPHONY

Friday, May 17, 2019 – 7:30pm

Silas Huff, music director finalist and conductor
Soyeon Kate Lee, piano

Program
Kenneth Fuchs:  United Artists      

Wolfgang A. Mozart:  Piano Concerto No. 21
Peter Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Hear the joyous and powerful work of American composer Kenneth Fuchs and Mozart’s exciting Piano Concerto No. 21, performed by 2010 first prize winner of the Naumburg International Piano Competition, Soyeon Kate Lee. Tchaikovsky’s heroic and vigorous Fourth Symphony brings this program to a rousing conclusion.