WSO Music Director Visits Art Classes

Photo Provided Andre Raphel, Wheeling Symphony Orchestra music director, gives a presentation to the art students of Ellen Culler at Woodsdale Elementary School in Wheeling on Tuesday.

WHEELING — Andre Raphel, music director of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, visited Woodsdale Elementary School’s art classes on Tuesday to discuss music for the orchestra’s upcoming festival and concert, East Meets West, on March 14-16.

Art instructor Ellen Culler’s students are being tasked with listening to Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” and subsequently creating artworks that reflect what the composer was creating in his music. The students’ art will then be featured at the festival events and concert throughout that week.

The name “Scheherazade” refers to the main character Shahrazad of the One Thousand and One Nights (also known as The Arabian Nights). It is considered Rimsky-Korsakov’s most popular work.

The East Meets West festival will occur on March 14-15 with events free and open to the public. At 6:30 p.m. March 14 at the Waddington Room at the Oglebay Institute Mansion Museum, the orchestra will present an evening titled, The Art and Tradition of Storytelling, featuring Marc Harshman, poet laureate of West Virginia, and Wei Wei, WSO associate concertmaster.

At 6:30 p.m. March 15 at the Stifel Fine Arts Center, Raphel will present an evening of music and cultural discussion, featuring the music of Beethoven played on violin by guest artist Jennifer Frautschi.

The festival week will conclude with the East Meets West concert at 7:30 p.m. March 16 conducted by Raphel and featuring Frautschi. The performance will feature the works of Tan Dun, Beethoven and Rimsky-Korsakov.