Wheeling Composer, Grand Ole Opry Fiddler, & Hamilton Star Celebrates Folk, Appalachian, Broadway & Jazz Music with the Wheeling Symphony

April 2, 2018 2:04 pm
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(Wheeling, WV) Wheeling Symphony Orchestra (WSO) announces the next concert of the 2017-2018 season, Appalachian Rhapsody, conducted by Music Director André Raphel, featuring guest artists Nate Strasser, Matt Combs, and Chris De’Sean Lee. The performance will be held Friday, April 13 at 7:30 pm at the Capitol Theatre in Wheeling, WV.

Wheeling native, Nate Strasser, returns to his roots performing the West Virginia Premiere of his signature Appalachian Rhapsody. He holds a successful career as a television/film composer, songwriter, and virtuoso pianist. Nate will be joined on stage by violinist and collaborator Matt Combs, a featured performer of the Grand Ole Opry, and Chris De’Sean Lee, the current Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in the Chicago production of Hamilton. Nate, Matt, and Chris will join André Raphel and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra to perform orchestra compositions that feature piano, jazz, and popular music for this homecoming concert.

“The April 13 Pops concert will be a treat for listeners,” says Music Director, André Raphel. “Featuring hometown favorite Nate Strasser, the program also includes a tribute to Bernstein’s centennial year with his Candide Overture.  Great pieces by songwriting teams Lerner and Loewe, Kander and Ebb as well as music by Mark O’Connor and Strasser and Combs combine making this a unique concert of classic tunes and Appalachian inspired works.”

Prior to the concert, patrons can purchase tickets to a pre-concert Party in the Alley by Wheeling Brewing Company starting at 6:00 pm.  The Party in the Alley will feature food and beer by Wheeling Brewing Company and will take place in the alley adjacent to the Capitol Theatre.  Seating is limited for Party in the Alley.  Immediately following the performance, attendees can attend a free post-show reception with Maestro Raphel and other members of the symphony orchestra.

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