Symphony on Ice Skates Into Arena

WHEELING — The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s holiday event, Symphony on Ice, will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday at Wesbanco Arena.

The music and skating extravanganza is being presented by Main Street Bank and Murray Energy Corp. Roger Kalia, a finalist for the WSO’s position as music director, is conducting the performance.

Champion skaters, members of the Pittsburgh and Wheeling figure skating clubs, local middle and high school choirs and surprise guests will join the orchestra to welcome the season.

Tickets to Symphony on Ice start can be purchased online at wheelingsymphony.com, by phone at 304-232-6191, by email at boxoffice@wheelingsymphony.com or in person at the box office, located at 1025 Main Street, Suite 811, Wheeling.

Patrons, 18 or younger, can get tickets for a reduced price by contacting the box office. Additional discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

The program will feature professional skaters Ashley Wagner and Robbie Przepioski. Wagner is a 2016 world silver medalist, 2014 Olympic bronze medalist, a 2012 Four Continents champion, a three-time Grand Prix Final medalist and a three-time U.S. national champion.

Przepioski returns to Symphony on Ice after appearing in last year’s program. He is a three-time championship men’s competitor at the U.S. Figure Skating Nationals and a three-time Novice Pairs competitor for the skating nationals, where he was a 2015 Novice Pairs pewter medalist at the US Figure Skating Nationals.

In addition to the professional skaters, the Pittsburgh and Wheeling skate clubs will return to perform along with the Pittsburgh Theatre on Ice and Steel City Blades, and special surprise guests.

Not only does Symphony on Ice bring the best entertainment in skating, it also features many of Ohio Valley’s young musicians. More than 350 middle and high school choir students participate. Schools include Bellaire Middle School, Brooke High School, Long Drain Middle School, Martins Ferry High School, St. Clairsville High School, Triadelphia Middle School, Warwood School, Wheeling Middle School and Wheeling Park High School.

“I am thrilled to be returning to Wheeling to conduct the Wheeling Symphony and their Symphony on Ice concert,” said Kalia, who conducted the WSO Celebrate America Fourth of July tour.

Highlights of the concert include traditional carols, a holiday sing-along arranged for the Wheeling Symphony by Gary Fry, music from the classic movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” by Dimitri Tiomkin and selections from Duke Ellington’s jazz-infused arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.”

Kalia said, “I had such an amazing time working with the orchestra and meeting people this past summer in Wheeling for our Fourth of July concert in the blazing heat, and I’m looking forward to cooling off with Symphony on Ice.”

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