Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra Includes Broadway, Pop Hits, Classical Favorites at Annual Spring Concert

WHEELING — Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra announces its annual spring concert, featuring both the Sinfonietta and the Philharmonic orchestras.

The performance will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, May 13.

The Sinfonietta, composed of middle school aged students, is co-led by both the band and string teachers from Triadelphia Middle School in Wheeling and will perform Johannes Brahms’s “La Rejouissance,” George Fredrick Handel’s “Hungarian Dance No. 5,” and Panic and the Disco!’s “High Hopes.”

“It has been a busy season and the students are hard at work,” said Rayce Leib, co-conductor of the Sinfonietta. “We are preparing repertoire from the baroque and romantic periods to modern contemporary genres and are excited to share them with you!”

The Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra will deliver four challenging but “popular” selections.

“The students will demonstrate their continued progress but also entertain with works that are familiar to fans of symphonic music everywhere,” said Ben Podolski, conductor of the Philharmonic. “Rimsky-Korsakov’s ‘Procession of the Nobles’ is filled with plenty of energetic pomp and circumstance. Cellists Avery Knutson and Lydia Kellas have accepted the challenge of performing the first movement of Vivaldi’s ‘Double Cello Concerto.’ The first movement of Mozart’s well-known ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’ will be sure to engage audiences, and finally songs, including ‘Popular,’ from Stephen Schwartz’ Broadway hit musical will be featured in highlights from ‘Wicked.'”

The concert is free, but donations are appreciated to help the Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra continue its tradition of providing a tuition-free opportunity for its members and to enable them to perform free concerts to the public each year.

For more information about the Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra, please visit wheelingsymphony.com or visit the Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra pages on Facebook and Twitter.

The Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra was founded in 1986 under the auspices of the Wheeling Symphony as a strings program. Over the next two years, winds, brass and percussion sections were added, and in 1988, the program became an independent entity–OVations Youth Orchestra.

Since 2001, the youth orchestra has been managed by the Wheeling Symphony Society, Inc and offers young musicians the opportunity to train in a professional organization and under the guidance of our professional musicians and Music Directors Benjamin Podolski, Rayce Leib and Kevin Lilly. Competitive auditions draw students from West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

The WSYO presents two primary concerts each year, which are free and open to the public.

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