Wheeling Symphony Orchestra Welcomes Ninth Music Director John Devlin for Annual Music Under the Stars at Oglebay Park

August 1, 2019 7:45 pm
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Hit Play, Nate Strasser, World-Premiere Commission, and Popular Hits
Forefront at 90th Anniversary Celebration

(Wheeling, WV) Wheeling Symphony Orchestra announces its annual Labor Day program, Music Under the Stars, featuring guest artists, Hit Play and Nathan Strasser, conducted by John Devlin. The program will feature Music through the Decades on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater, Oglebay Park, Wheeling, WV. This concert is free and open to the public. 

We’re bringing out all the stars for our 90th Birthday Celebration! Featuring local artists Hit Play and Nate Strasser, this concert will have you on your feet with classical favorites, a world-premiere commission, and pop hits throughout the decades. Special guest appearances include student musicians from the Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra. Welcome our ninth music director John Devlin and enjoy an evening under the stars at your Oglebay Park.

“I am incredibly excited to be conducting my first concert as Music Director of the Wheeling Symphony on such a special occasion: the 90th anniversary of the organization,” says music director John Devlin.  “Wheeling is a city with a deeply rooted history and the orchestra is such a large part of that story. We will be performing in the same space at Oglebay where the orchestra first played so many decades ago. Throughout the evening, musical tributes will be paid to that first concert and to the decades that followed.”

Devlin adds, “the program will open with Brahms’ Hungarian Dance no. 5, the first piece ever performed by the WSO. For this and for several of the other pieces on the program, we are pleased to welcome members of the Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra to the stage. This “side-by-side” experience for our students will be one they never forget! We will then be joined by the band Hit Play as we present special arrangements of popular music through the decades. The first half will close with Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue, with piano soloist Nate Strasser, himself a native of Wheeling. The second half will open with an important artistic moment, the premiere of Strasser’s new piece, For the Love of Music, commissioned by the WSO for this anniversary concert. Then, as the show comes to an end, Hit Play will return with hits from the ’90s through today.”

Music Under the Stars has been a Labor Day tradition for thousands of area residents.  This year’s events begin at 5:00 pm with the Wheeling Symphony Auxiliary hosting the annual Veranda reception on the Burton Porch at Oglebay Park. Enjoy beer, wine, soda, and hors d’oeuvres at the original location of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s first concert. Tickets are $50 per person.

Attendees can also enjoy additional dinner concessions, food trucks, a $5 ice cream sundae bar, free BudgetSaver twin pops, sponsored by The Ziegenfelder Company, and kids activities in the Formal Gardens starting at 6:00 pm. Wheeling Country Day School’s choir will perform at 7:00 pm with the concert beginning at 7:30 pm.

“We know that this will be an unforgettable evening of music,” says Mr. Devlin, “and also of celebration. Please join us as the WSO turns 90— I look forward to seeing you at the Symphony!”

In case of inclement weather, please check Wheeling Symphony’s website and Facebook pages for more information. 

Audiences should come to Oglebay Park earlier in the day to take advantage of their Labor Day activities. For more information about Oglebay’s events, visit Oglebay.com

Music under the Stars is generously supported by the following sponsors; Wheeling Hospital, C.A. House Music, and Reisbeck’s Food Markets.

Music Under the Stars is free and open to the public. 

Tickets to the Veranda reception are $50 per person.  For reservations, call the office at 304-232-6191.

For Season Subscriptions, visit us online at wheelingsymphony.com, by phone at 304-232-6191, via email at boxoffice@wheelingsymphony.com, or in person at the Box Office, located at 1025 Main Street, Suite 811, Wheeling, WV 26003.

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