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‘Take Your Seat’ for exciting 2013-2014 season

May 16, 2013
Times Leader

WHEELING - The Wheeling Symphony and Music Director Andre Raphel invite you to Take Your Seat for the orchestra's 2013-2014 Season, which includes seven incredible season concerts, three free outdoor events and the world premiere of a fanfare-overture to celebrate West Virginia's Sesquicentennial on June 20, 2013.

"The 2013-14 Season features great music from the traditional repertoire that represents various countries around the world," said Music Director Andre Raphel. Represented are composers' works from Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Russia, Israel, Austria and England. Highlights of the season include a Celebration of the Verdi Bicentennial and a British Festival focusing on the music of Benjamin Britten and Sir Edward Elgar."

He continued, "I'm very happy to welcome back dynamic soloists such as Benjamin Hochman and Tim Fain. The opening of the Pops Series is bound to be thrilling with Cirque de la Symphonie. The Pops Series also features an evening of Gershwin and the Music of ABBA. It's a season of memorable music!"

The WSO's 84th season, titled "Take Your Seat," consists of four Masterworks performances and three Pops concerts to be performed at the Capitol Theatre along with the traditional free Fourth of July concert at Heritage Port and Music Under the Stars concert Sept. 1 at Oglebay Park.

In addition, the Wheeling Symphony will celebrate the sesquicentennial of the state of West Virginia with a free concert June 20 at Heritage Port. The concert will include the world premiere of Kenneth Fuchs' Forever Free, a Fanfare-Overture for West Virginia commissioned by the Wheeling Symphony. The concert also will feature performances by three of West Virginia's own: mandolin superstar Johnny Staats, Grammy-winning singer Kathy Mattea and America's Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy.

The season is aptly themed Take Your Seat in conjunction with renovations to the Capitol Theatre that include new comfortable seats, fresh carpet and new stage curtains.

The season includes:

Czech Music and Hochman playing Brahms

Masterworks I

Friday, September 27, 2013

8 p.m.

Andre Raphel, conductor

Benjamin Hochman, piano

Hailed by the New York Times as "a gifted, fast-rising artist," pianist Benjamin Hochman returns to play the crowning accomplishment of Brahms younger years, Piano Concerto No. 1. This concert begins with Smetana's rousing overture and ends with the cheerful folk melodies of Dvorak.

Smetana: The Bartered Bride Overture

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in d minor

Benjamin Hochman, piano

Dvorak: Symphony No. 8

Verdi Bicentennial Celebration and Ana Vidovic, Guitar Virtuoso

Masterworks II

Friday, November 8, 2013

8 p.m.

Andre Raphel, conductor

Ana Vidovic, guitar

The orchestra celebrates the Verdi Bicentennial with opera overtures including the much-loved La Traviata. Classical guitarist, Ana Vidovic, will perform the virtuosic Concerto No. 1, inspired by film music, written by one of the 20th Century's great guitar composers. The concert finale is Tchaikovsky's towering masterpiece, Symphony No. 6.

Verdi: Nabucco Overture

Verdi: La Traviata, Prelude to Act 1

Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Concerto No. 1 for Guitar in D Major

Ana Vidovic, guitar

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 (Pathetique)

Vivaldi's Seasons and Classical Gems

Wheeling's Finest

Masterworks III

Friday, March 14, 2014 8 p.m.

Andre Raphel, conductor

Rachel Stegeman, Violin

John Winkler, Trumpet

Wheeling Symphony soloists highlight this program with concertmaster, Rachel Stegeman in virtuosic performance of Vivaldi's Winter and John Winkler, principal trumpet, playing Haydn's masterpiece for trumpet. The concert begins with the deeply moving Prayer for the Innocents and ends with Mozart's Linz Symphony, one of his best written in only four days!

Avner Dorman: Prayer for the Innocents (String Orchestra version)

Vivaldi: Winter (L'inverno) from The Four Seasons

Rachel Stegeman, violin

Haydn: Concerto for Trumpet

John Winkler, trumpet

Mozart: Symphony No. 36 (Linz)

Festival of English Music and Tim Fain Playing Prokofiev

Masterworks IV

Friday, May 16, 2014 8 p.m.

Andre Raphel, conductor

Tim Fain, violin

Charismatic violinist , heard on the soundtrack of Black Swan, performs the demanding Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2. Our Festival of English music features the melodic, inspiring and well-known Enigma Variations in addition to lovely music by Britten and Delius.

Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2

Tim Fain, violin

Delius/arr. Beecham: Summer Evening

Elgar: Enigma Variations

Cirque de la Symphonie

Pops I

Friday, October 11, 2013, 8 p.m.

Andre Raphel, conductor

The amazing aerial artists, acrobats, jugglers, strongmen and clowns of Cirque de la Symphonie return with new amazing feats and breath-taking favorites all choreographed to classical and contemporary musical gems!

Rhapsody 'n Brew

Pops II

Friday, February 21, 2014, 8 p.m.

Daniel Meyer, guest conductor

A night of Gershwin featuring Wheeling native and rising star Nathan Strasser, piano and vocalese by residents artists of the Pittsburgh Opera! Rhapsody in Blue. An American in Paris. Summertime and more!

Join us for a pre-concert beer tasting!

Dancing Queen

The Music of ABBA

Pops III

Friday, April 18, 2014, 8 p.m.

Andre Raphel, conductor

The iconic hits of the Swedish pop sensations of the 1970s with vocals by Katalin Kiss, Andrea Koziol, Stephanie Martin and Lis Soderberg of Jeans 'n Classics. Dancing Queen. Mamma Mia. Take a Chance on Me and so many, many more! The infectious, fun, sensational Music of ABBA!

The WSO also will present its annual Young People's Concerts during the 2013-2014 Season, whereby thousands of area students experience their own memorable trip to the symphony. The College Concert Series continues next season with generous support from Wheeling Jesuit University.

Wheeling Symphony concerts are presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

For more information on the WSO's 2013-2014 Season or to subscribe, call 304-232-6191.



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