Wheeling Symphony Orchestra

Season Calendar 2016-2017

INSPIRED BY DANCE

Friday, March 10, 2017 – 7:30pm

André Raphel, conductor

Christopher O’Riley, piano

Program:

Stravinsky: Scherzo a la Russe

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2

Ravel: La Valse

Ravel: Bolero

This exhilarating concert takes its inspiration from dance, opening with the rhythmic Scherzo a la Russe by Stravinsky. Returning guest artist and “From the Top” radio host Christopher O’Riley performs one of Rachmaninoff’s most enduringly popular pieces, Piano Concerto No. 2; with its big opening chords and beautiful melodic line, the piano will truly dance with the orchestra in this spectacular romantic piece. The performance concludes with two ballet works by Ravel: La Valse and the perennial favorite Bolero, which Ravel viewed as an experiment in repetition, rhythm, crescendo and orchestration. TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

 

A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES

Thursday, April 13, 2017 – 7:30pm

André Raphel, conductor

Classical Mystery Tour

With more than 30 timeless Beatles tunes sung, played, and performed exactly as they were written, Classical Mystery Tour is more than just a rock concert! Come hear Penny Lane with a live trumpet section; experience the beauty of Yesterday with an acoustic guitar and string quartet; enjoy the rock/classical blend on the hard edged I Am the Walrus. From early Beatles music through the solo years, Classical Mystery Tour is the best of the Beatles like you’ve never heard them: totally live…a concert bridging generations of all music lovers! TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

 

ORCHESTRAL COLORS & SOUNDS

Friday, May 12, 2017 – 7:30pm

André Raphel, conductor

Julia Bullock, soprano

Program:

Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks

Barber: Knoxville:: Summer of 1915

Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (The Titan)

Rising star soprano Julia Bullock joins the WSO for her debut performance singing Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915. Commissioned and premiered by Wheeling native and international opera star Eleanor Steber, this evocative work is a simple, dreamlike depiction of an evening in the American South. Our concert opens with Strauss’ tone poem, a musical portrayal of German folk hero Till Eulenspiegel’s trickery; we conclude with Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 (The Titan) a stupendous symphonic achievement! TICKETS ON NOW!