Internationally Renowned Pianist to Perform With Wheeling Symphony Orchestra


The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s next concert of the 2017-18 season, Russian Masterpieces, features guest artist Stewart Goodyear, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12.

The concert will be conducted by Music Director Andre Raphel at the Capitol Theatre in Wheeling.

The program will begin with Hector Berlioz’s “Roman Carnival Overture.” Goodyear will join the WSO performing Prokofiev’s inventive and witty Piano Concerto No. 3.  

Goodyear has been declared “a phenomenon” (Los Angeles Times) and “one of the best pianists of his generation” (Philadelphia Inquirer). 

“French and Russian works are the focal point of the evening,” Raphel said. “As composers, Berlioz and Prokofiev liked to push performers to their technical limits, and the works on this concert are colorful, rhythmically propulsive and challenging. It will be especially meaningful to collaborate with Stewart Goodyear on Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto as it will be orchestra’s third collaboration with him on a major Russian concerto.”

Goodyear was last seen with Wheeling Symphony Orchestra in May 2013, performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1.  A native of Canada, Goodyear began his training at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, received his bachelor’s degree from Curtis Institute of Music and completed his master’s degree at The Juilliard School. Known as an improviser and composer, he has been commissioned by orchestras and chamber music organizations, and he performs his own solo works. 

Goodyear also has an extensive discography, including his own transcription of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker (Complete Ballet),” which was released October 2015 and was chosen by the New York Times as one of the best classical music recordings of 2015.

The evening will conclude with Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2, one of his best-known pieces.  “Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2 is a personal favorite and is certainly one of his most admired works,” Raphel said. “It’s actually surprisingly subtle music in its construction and Rachmaninov’s gift for creating long sweeping themes makes a lasting impression.”  

Prior to the concert, patrons can purchase a pre-show, prix fixe dinner, catered by Rocco Basil in the Capitol Theatre Ballroom starting at 5:30 p.m.

Patrons also can attend a free “Concert Talk” at 6:30 p.m. where Raphel and other guests offer an informative and intriguing look at the story behind the music to be presented that evening.

Immediately following the performance, attendees can attend a free wine and cheese post-show reception with Raphel and other members of the symphony orchestra. 

Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 304- 232-6191, via email at boxoffice@ or in person at the box office, located at 1025 Main Street, Suite 811, Wheeling, WV 26003.

For dinner reservations, call 304-232-6191 or emailboxoffice@wheeling