Wheeling CVBlog: Sounds on Stage
2016-2017 WSO Season
The 2016-2017 season of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra is under way, and it’s out of this world. The series continues tonight at 7:30 p.m. at The Capitol Theatre. Here is a look ahead at that show and the rest of the season.
Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.: The Music of John Williams: Star Wars and More! – In this second production of the WSO season, the orchestra will perform some of the most well-known music from Contemporary American classical composer John Williams. Williams is best known for his work on the score of Star Wars, including the Jedi and Storm Trooper themes. Williams also worked on scores for Harry Potter and Indiana Jones. This show is perfect for the whole family. Tickets are still available online or by calling 304-232-6191.
Nov. 1, 6:30 p.m.: WSO on the Go featuring Trio Nova Mundi – In the premier concert for WSO on the Go, the orchestra heads to the Strand Theater in Moundsville with the Trio Nova Mundi. Comprised of a violinist, pianist and cellist, the trio has traveled all over the United States, Latin America and Africa. A reception will immediately follow the presentation. Ticket are available by calling 304-232-6161.
Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.: All American Evening with Svet Stoyanov – This performance opens with Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring,” an American classic. Next, guest artist Svet Stoyanov joins the WSO to perform Jennifer Higdon’s “Percussion Concerto.” The concert concludes with Antonin Dvorak’s Native American and African-inspired “Symphony No. 9.” This show takes place at The Capitol Theatre, and tickets are available online.
Dec. 6, 7:00 p.m.: Symphony on Ice – Presented by Main Street Bank, this community holiday favorite brings Olympic skaters, the Wheeling & Pittsburgh Skate Clubs and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra to the ice at Wesbanco Arena. Local middle and high school choirs join the orchestra to perform holiday classics. Tickets go on sale Oct. 24.
Feb. 10, 2017, 7:30 p.m.: Video Games Live – Created by Tommy Tallarico, Video Games Live features music from some of the most popular video games of all time. The WSO performs with exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussionists, live action and interactive segments to create a unique entertainment experience for the whole family to enjoy. Tickets go on sale Dec. 6.
March 10, 2017, 7:30 p.m.: Inspired by Dance – As the name indicates, this performance takes its inspiration from the world of dance. The show will open with the rhythmic Scherzo a la Russe by Stravinsky. Next, guest pianist Christopher O’Reilly, radio host of “From the Top,”performs Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. The performance concludes with two ballet works by Ravel, La Valse and the perennial favorite Bolero. Tickets go on sale Jan. 23, 2017.
April 13, 2017, 7:30 p.m.: A Tribute to the Beetles – Join WSO and Classical Mystery Tour as they perform more than 30 timeless Beatles songs. Enjoy “Penny Lane” with a live trumpet section and “Yesterday” with an acoustic guitar and string quartet. From early Beatles to the solo years, this performance bridges generations of music lovers. Tickets go on sale Feb. 27, 2017.
May 12, 2017, 7:30 p.m.: Orchestral Colors and Sounds – The final WSO performance of the season features guest soprano Julia Bullock with her debut performance of Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915. This depiction of the American south is commissioned and premiered by Wheeling native and international opera star Eleanor Steber. The show opens with Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks and concludes with Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 (The Titan). Tickets go on sale March 27, 2017.