Symphony Orchestra Opens Its 88th Season

When the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra takes to the stage at the Capitol Theatre at 7:30 p.m. today, there will be a new addition for the first concert of the 2017-2018 season,

A Kawai grand piano, donated by Dr. Eleisha Nickoles, a Wheeling dentist, will be added to the stage in time for the season opener “Blockbuster Broadway,” conducted by Music Director Andre Raphel. The piano was moved this morning from Nickoles’ second floor office on National Road to the Capitol Theatre via a crane donated by Charlie Savage.

The evening will feature timeless showstoppers from Broadway’s smash hit catalogue, including selections from “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Annie,” “Jersey Boys,” “The Sound of Music,” “Chicago,” “Cats” and “A Chorus Line.”

“Opening Night of the Wheeling Symphony season will be special with a focus on Broadway music and the orchestra’s history,” Raphel said. “This season’s opening Pops concert celebrating 88 years is significant for the start of the fall arts season. ‘Blockbuster Broadway’s’ vocalists singing great songs from ‘Cabaret,’ ‘Wicked,’ ‘The Lion King,’ ‘Mamma Mia!’ and other great shows will make for an exciting evening.”

Joining Raphel and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra on stage include Scott Coulter (vocalist/host), one of New York City’s most honored vocalists, winning multiple awards for his cabaret acts and his performances with symphonies around the country. Jessica Hendy (vocalist) is widely recognized as Broadway’s best belters with numerous Broadway credits including roles in “Cats” and Elton John’s “Aida,” Kelli Rabke (vocalist) was seen on Broadway as Narrator in the Broadway revival of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

Immediately following the performance, attendees can attend a free wine and cheese post-show reception.

Tickets can be purchased online at wheelingsymphony .com, by phone at 304- 232-6191, via email at boxoffice @wheelingsymphony.com, or in person at the Box Office, located at 1025 Main St, suite 811, Wheeling.

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