Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s Percussion Ensemble Takes The Stage At The Historic Lincoln Theater

March 13, 2018 3:21 pm
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(Wheeling, WV) Wheeling Symphony Orchestra (WSO) announces the next performance of the WSO on the GO series, featuring Wheeling Symphony’s percussion ensemble.  The performance will be held Thursday, April 5th at 7:30 pm at the Lincoln Theater in New Martinsville, WV.  This concert is free and open to the public.

The WSO on the GO ensemble features musicians Andrew Ferdig, Brad Bailey, Alex Mendoza and is led by WSO musician, Eliseo Rael.  Mr. Rael has forged a dynamic career of creative collaboration as a chamber musician, soloist, and teacher.  His marimba playing has been described as “beautiful” by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, and he has been lauded as “talented” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In addition to his work as a chamber musician, he has also performed with many orchestras including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, The West Virginia Symphony, and UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland.

The concert will include the virtuosic show stopper “Stubernic” by Mark Ford, the beautiful chorale “Lux Aurumque” by Eric Whitacre, and Alex Stopa’s character pieces “Three Scenes from the Desert”.  It will also feature selected works by Prokofiev, Khachaturian, and Debussy.   “We are beyond excited to perform at the historic Lincoln Theater in New Martinsville with this incredible percussion ensemble, featuring some of the most dynamic and captivating musicians in the area,” said Bryan Braunlich, Marketing Director of the WSO.  “We were also so fortunate enough to partner with our friends at ArtsLink, Inc. to help make this concert possible.  This percussion ensemble will move you. We want everyone to come out and have a great time, experiencing this eclectic and exciting evening of music.”

In 2016, WSO on the GO was established to increase the visibility of and gain new audiences for Wheeling Symphony concerts with ensemble performances in interesting locations throughout our region.  Through this program, the Wheeling Symphony has been able to showcase the versatility of the talented musicians in the orchestra to our friends and neighbors throughout the Ohio Valley.  Because of the generous support of our sponsors and donors, this year, all concerts will be free to the public to entice and encourage new audiences to become long-time supporters.

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