Wheeling Symphony Pairs Musicians With Skaters for Annual Holiday Event

Local skaters and professional figure skaters will take to the ice while the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and hundreds of students from local school choirs perform holiday numbers Tuesday during the annual Symphony on Ice at WesBanco Arena.

Local skaters and professional figure skaters will take to the ice while the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and hundreds of students from local school choirs perform holiday numbers Tuesday during the annual Symphony on Ice at WesBanco Arena.

WHEELING –Wheeling Symphony Orchestra will once again present the Symphony on Ice, an annual holiday event featuring the symphony, local skaters, local choirs and special guest champion skaters Courtney Hicks and Robbie Przepioski. For the first time this year, the West Virginia University Figure Skating Team will be featured.

The performance will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Wesbanco Arena. Hundreds of children will be performing on the ice and singing during the evening. The symphony is conducted by Music Director Andre Raphel, and Symphony on Ice is sponsored by Main Street Bank and Murray Energy Corp.

The program will feature professional skaters Courtney Hicks and Robbie Przepioski. Hicks is 2013 U.S. Championship pewter medalist, the 2015 NHK Trophy silver medalist and the 2016 Rostelecom Cup bronze medalist.

Przepioski is a three-time championship men’s competitor at the U.S. Figure Skating Nationals and a three-time novice pairs competitor for the U.S. Figure Skating Nationals, where he was a 2015 Novice Pairs pewter medalist.

In addition to the professional skaters, the Pittsburgh and Wheeling skate clubs will return to perform along with the WVU Figure Skating team.

More than 300 local middle and high school choir students will participate this year. Schools include Brooke High School, Buckeye Local High School, Martins Ferry High School, St. Clairsville High School, Warwood Middle School, Wheeling Middle School and Wheeling Park High School.

“Symphony on Ice is a holiday program that continues to be unique in bringing people together and combining various artistic disciplines,” Raphel said. “In the spirit of the holiday season, it helps bring joy to the community. The orchestra and I look forward to the performance, which reminds us of holiday traditions and provides for very special collaborations through the music.”

Tickets to Symphony On Ice can be purchased online at wheelingsymphony.com at 304-232-6191, via email at boxoffice@wheelingsymphony.com or in person at the box office, located at 1025 Main St. There is a discount for children 17 and under and groups of 10 or more. Dinner tickets are sold out.

More information is available at wheelingsymphony .com.

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