Wheeling Symphony Orchestra Celebrates the Music of Woodstock for Annual Music Under the Stars at Oglebay Park

August 3, 2018 6:42 pm
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(Wheeling, WV) Wheeling Symphony Orchestra announces its annual Labor Day program, Music Under the Stars, featuring guest artist, Jeans ‘n Classics for A Night at Woodstock. The program begins at 7:30 pm, Sunday September 2, 2018 at Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater, Oglebay Park, Wheeling, WV. This concert is free and open to the public.

Join the Wheeling Symphony with Jeans ‘n Classics as they celebrate this amazing event in rock history, featuring material by Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Who, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, The Band, Jefferson Airplane … and many more.  With songs including “Somebody to Love,” “Black Magic Woman,” “Piece of My Heart,” and “With a Little Help from My Friends,” you won’t want to miss this incredible evening of music.

Jeans ‘n Classics have previously performed with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra for a number of Pops concerts, including the last seasons hit concert the Music of Billy Joel and Elton John. Formed over 20 years ago by Peter Brennan, Jeans ’n Classics’ approach to combining world class rock musicians and symphonies has been a game changer for orchestras in their quest to attract new and more expansive audiences.  They are a group of musicians who understand orchestra culture and are committed to help in the building of younger, loyal audiences for symphony orchestras across North America.

“The original Woodstock music festival is nearing its 50th anniversary, and we thought what better way to celebrate this amazing moment in music history than to invite our friends from Jeans ‘n Classics to perform their program, “A Night at Woodstock,” says Wheeling Symphony Orchestra Executive Director, Bruce Wheeler.  “Whether you love the music or want to celebrate Labor Day with family and friends, come and support your Wheeling Symphony through this joyous celebration of peace, love and harmony.”

Music Under the Stars has been a Labor Day tradition for the Ohio Valley and its residents.  The concert continues to draw new audiences and donors to witness the caliber and quality of the symphony and its musicians.  As the symphony continues its dedication to celebrating its community through accessible programming and concerts, the 2018-19 season starts the search for the WSO’s next music director.  Throughout the season, visit the wheeling symphony at concerts and events throughout the region to meet these candidates and voice your opinion about the next music director and conductor of the WSO.

Prior to the concert, the Wheeling Symphony Auxiliary is hosting its annual Veranda reception on the Burton Porch at Oglebay Park.   In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to Glessner Auditorium, inside Oglebay’s Wilson Lodge.  Please check Wheeling Symphony’s website and Facebook pages for more information.

This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

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