WSO, Vocalist, Fireworks and More To Celebrate Fourth

Celebrate the Fourth of July today at Heritage Port in Wheeling with vendors, music and fireworks.

Vendors will be in place by 4 p.m., and there will be kiddie-ride inflatables.

The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra will perform beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the waterfront.

Fireworks will follow at about 9:30 p.m., and will be shot from a barge in the river south of Heritage Port and from a land location between WesBanco Arena and Main Street Bank.

Donna Groom will be the guest performer with the orchestra.

Groom is the lead female vocalist with the legendary Skyliners whose 1959 hit, “Since I Don’t Have You,” made them international artists. Groom has performed in major music venues across the U.S. and Canada.

Her work on the PBS “My Music” series has given her international acclaim as a solo artist. During this time, she has recorded several solo albums. Her current work includes the completion of a new album of Stevie Wonder songs titled “Just Wonderin’.”

Groom will perform the music that has influenced her life from the 1960s through the 1970s, including hits by the Carpenters, Carly Simon and Petula Clark. Because Groom is an accomplished pianist, she will perform Brubeck’s “Blue Rondo a la Turk” and a concerto-style rendition of pianists Ferrante and Teicher’s “Theme from ‘The Apartment’ (Jealous Lover).”

Her final selection is “One More Mountain to Climb,” a song that is the inspiration behind Groom’s solo concerts. The lyrics were written by Linda Marcus, an educator, lecturer, lyricist and collaborator from Pittsburgh.

The Wheeling Symphony will present its concert again at 3 p.m. Saturday at Canaan Valley State Park in West Virginia.