Symphony on Ice a Holiday Favorite

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Skaters and school choirs will join the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra for the annual holiday event Symphony on Ice at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling.

This year, the West Virginia University Figure Skating team will make its first appearance participating in Symphony on Ice. 

The evening is presented by Main Street Bank and Murray Energy Corporation and conducted by Music Director Andre Raphel.

Since its inception, Symphony on Ice has brought together the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra with championship skaters, area skate teams and clubs, local middle and high school choirs and plenty of special guest appearances.

This year continues that tradition. The program will feature professional skaters, Courtney Hicks and Robbie Przepioski.

Hicks is the 2013 U.S. Championships 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 at the U.S. Figure Skating Nationals.

In addition to the professional skaters, the Pittsburgh and Wheeling Skate Clubs will return to perform along with the West Virginia University Figure Skating team. 

Not only does Symphony on Ice bring the best entertainment in skating, it features many of Ohio Valley’s young musicians.

More than 300 local middle and high school choir students participate. 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,” he said.

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

Discounts are available for those 18 and under as well as for groups of 10 or more.

More information is available at wheeling symphony.com.

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