Symphony on Ice Returns to the Ohio Valley Dec. 2

After a recession-linked six-year hiatus, the Symphony on Ice will return to the ice at WesBanco Arena on Dec. 2.

“The economy of this valley has completely transformed itself in the past five years or so, and I am confident this community will support” the Symphony on Ice, said Paul T. Tucker, event sponsor and Wheeling Symphony Orchestra board member.

Tucker has championed the revival of the music and ice skating extravaganza, which first was produced in Wheeling in the late 1990s and ran for about 10 years. The event, always performed during the holiday season, features the music of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, top figure skaters and Wheeling Figure Skating Club members, and choral performances by local school students, as well as a pre-show dinner served ice-side.

“For those of you who haven’t experienced it, you’re in for a real treat,” WSO Maestro Andre Raphel said during a press conference Wednesday at Main Street Bank in Wheeling, which is the title sponsor.

Raphel said the music for the evening will include pieces by Handel, Leroy Anderson, Tchaikovsky and more.

Local skaters, ages 5-19, have been practicing for the show at WesBanco Arena since October, said Kim Sailer, Wheeling Figure Skating Club head coach.

“The Skate Club is so excited about this possibility,” she said. “We are re-energized, everyone is enthusiastic and rehearsals are going really well.”

In addition to about 25 local skaters and an additional 20 or so skaters from the Tri-State region will grace the ice. The headliners are professional skaters Ryan Bradley, 2011 U.S. champion; and the 2011 U.S. Junior bronze medalists in pairs skating, Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus.

“For our kids to be involved in such a high level production is remarkable,” Sailer said.

“I know a lot of kids are looking forward to this,” said Chris Turak of sponsor Gold, Koury and Turak.

“We hope everybody comes out and enjoys a great night downtown with the Wheeling Symphony,” said Rich Lucas, Main Street Bank president.

Additional sponsors include the Lynne & Ben Exley IV Charitable Trust; Ryan and Melanie Murray; and George and Carol Couch.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. dinner. The show begins at 7 p.m.

For tickets and information, call 304-232-6191 or online at