Wheeling Symphony Announces 90th Anniversary Season With Exciting Guest Artists, Pops Programs and Symphony on Ice

May 17, 2019 11:00 am
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(Wheeling, WV) Wheeling Symphony Orchestra (WSO) announces its 90th Anniversary season with seven subscription concerts and the return of Ohio Valley’s number one family holiday event, Symphony On Ice.  The symphony will continue its Fourth of July Tour, Music Under the Stars, Young People’s Concert Tour, WSO on the GO series, and the launch of the Taste of the Symphony Chamber Concert Series for its 2019-2020 Season. 

Highlights from this celebratory season feature a Tribute to Aretha Franklin, Soulful – A Celebration, Mozart’s beloved Clarinet Concerto in A major, and local guitarist, John Marcel Williams, playing Elmer Bernstein’s dynamic Guitar Concerto. Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Directors will announce the symphony’s new Music Director and Conductor, who will then select overtures and symphonies on Masterworks concerts and additional programming, at a later date.

The 90th season will also contain anniversary events, including a birthday celebration at Music Under the Stars and an opening night community party, Symphony in the Streets.  WSO on the GO will continue its ensemble performances throughout the Ohio Valley featuring the musicians of the WSO to further engage new audiences.  Additional outreach, educational and community concerts include the Fourth of July Concert Tour, Music Under the Stars, and our Young People’s Concert Tour. 

“We have a lot to be excited about for this anniversary season,” says Executive Director, Bruce Wheeler.  “Not only will we be announcing the Symphony’s new Music Director soon, we have a number of celebratory events happening throughout the year including Music Under the Stars and our opening night party – Symphony in the Streets. Without the community’s support for the past 90 years, we would not have reached this monumental milestone in our organization’s history. We cannot thank everyone enough and look forward to making wonderful music for the Ohio Valley and its residents throughout the year.”    

Be sure to watch for additional announcements including our new music director, the release of our final pops concert and the launch of our new chamber concert series, A Taste of the Symphony.  2019-20 subscription packages are available for purchase.  Single tickets will be available later this year.  For ticket pricing and subscription packaging, visit wheelingsymphony.com or call 304-232-6191.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Subscription Season:

Friday, September 20, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Aretha: A Tribute

A tribute to the Queen of Soul, this program features symphony favorite Capathia Jenkins and three time Grammy Award nominee Ryan Shaw performing such iconic hits as Respect, Think, A Natural Woman, Chain of Fools, Amazing Grace, and many others.

Friday, October 11, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Bernstein, Elmer Guitar Concerto
Guest Artist: John Marcel Williams, guitar

Ohio Valley native, John Marcel Williams is quickly establishing himself as one of the most promising young classical guitarists of this generation. By age 16 he had garnered over 20 prizes at competitions, such as first prize at the Boston Guitar Festival youth competition, Rosario Guitar Festival, Classical Minds Guitar Festival, and 2nd prize at the international Guitar Foundation of America young artist competition. In addition, he was awarded first prize at the James Stroud competition and won the Pittsburgh Concert Society Audition. He was then invited by legendary guitarist Manuel Barrueco to study at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. 

Friday, November 21, 2019 at 7:30 pm
A Night at the Chamber Orchestra
Mozart, Wolfgang A. Clarinet Concerto in A Major
Guest Artist: Roi Mezare, clarinet
Francaix, Jean L Horloge de Flore (Flower Clock)
Guest Artist:
Robert Driscoll Jr., oboe

This concert features two of our very own musicians – Roi Mezare, clarinet, and Robert Driscoll, oboe.  A night at the chamber orchestra weaves together a program that will inspire and amaze as we feature the musicians of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra.  From Mozart to Francaix, join us as in an evening filled with musical melodies that will stick with you and leave you wanting more.

Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Soulful – A Celebration in Honor of Black History Month

Featuring the exceptional voice of Gavin Hope, we are thrilled to present “Soulful”, a night in which we offer 50 years of brilliant R&B, Motown, Funk, Disco, Pop material by 20 of the finest African American recording artists and performers. From Smokey Robinson to Outkast, Stevie Wonder to Pharrell Williams, and Isaac Hayes to Seal, we are honored to bring such exceptional music to you whether for Black History Month, or any time of year!

Friday, March 13, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Mendelssohn, Felix Violin Concerto in e minor 
Guest Artist: SooBeen Lee, violin

SooBeen Lee has been called “Korea’s hottest violin prodigy” (Hancinema).  She has already appeared as soloist with every major Korean orchestra, including the Seoul Philharmonic, Busan Philharmonic Orchestra and KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) Symphony Orchestra. Other distinctions include performances for Secretary-General of the United Nations Ki-moon Ban, at the Blue House for the King and Queen of Malaysia, with China’s Wuhan Philharmonic, at the Seoul Arts Center, and for many state guests in Korea.

Friday, April 24, 2020 at 7:30 pm
TBA – POPS Concert

Friday, May 15, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Tchaikovksy, Peter Illyich Piano Concerto No.1
Guest Artist: Maxim Laude, piano

American pianist Maxim Lando has been described by Berkshire Fine Arts as having an “ever so clear approach to the keyboard, and the molding and shaping of phrases straight from the musical angels.” Maxim’s concerts and collaborations have brought him to the international stage, with invitations to perform spanning from across the globe.
 
Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Special Holiday Event: Symphony on Ice
Don’t miss the Ohio Valley’s favorite holiday show! Join the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra along with champion professional skaters, the Pittsburgh and Wheeling Figure Skating Clubs, local middle and high school choirs, and surprise guests as we welcome in the sounds of the season! It’s the holiday tradition the entire family will enjoy!

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