This holiday tradition offers something for everyone including the graceful art of skating, the symphonic sounds of holiday music and the joyous voices of area youth and children’s choirs.
Guest conductor for the evening is Ron Spigelman, music director of the Springfield (Mo.) Symphony Orchestra. An exciting and innovative conductor, Spigelman is an honors graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, London. In 1996, he was awarded an Associate of the Royal Academy for distinguishing himself in his field.
Dubreuil and Lauzon have an impressive array of skating credentials including five-time Canadian champions and world silver medalists. Also performing on the ice will be skaters from the Wheeling and Southpointe Figure Skating clubs and the Robert Morris University Synchronized Skating Team, who will make a Symphony on Ice debut. The event also will feature several hundred children from area school choral groups, including Linsly School, Powhatan Elementary School, St. John Elementary School, Triadelphia Middle School, Tyler Consolidated High School, Warwood School, Wheeling Middle School, Steubenville High School, New Martinsville Elementary School and Our Lady of Peace School.
Sponsors for this year’s holiday extravaganza are WesBanco, Ohio County Commission, Wheeling News-Register and The Intelligencer, Ben and Lynne Exley IV (in memory of Ben and Bonnie Exley), Women’s Health Specialists and WTOV, which will air the event on Christmas at 8 p.m.
WSO Executive Director Susan C. Hogan said the audience is in for a fantastic evening thanks to the generosity of the Symphony on Ice sponsors. “The artistry of the skaters, the wonderful music and the glorious voices of the area choirs will fill the arena with the holiday spirit thanks to our sponsors who help make this event possible,” she said.
Regular concert seating tickets can be purchased at the WesBanco Arena box office or by calling the arena at 304-233-4470. Tickets also are available for dinner and the show with rink-side seating, by calling the symphony at 304-232-6191. The dinner is a special chilled Alpine buffet prepared by chef Rocco Basil that includes a smorgasbord of chilled meats and vegetables, along with cheeses and breads and complimentary wine. An assortment of holiday pastries is served at intermission at the candle-lit tables that are decorated for the holidays.
Members of the Wheeling Figure Skating Club participating in this year’s Symphony on Ice include:
? Wheeling: Erika Allen, Gabriella Archbold, Emily Armstrong, Brittany Boord, Julia Chaplin, Stacy Chaplin, Taylor Constantin, Devon Davis, Emmie Fedczak, Stephanie Fike, Gina Haas, Madison Hamby, Alyson Hehr, Samantha Hoskinson, Sydney Jeffries, Morgan Karnell, Aspen Matlock, Holland Matlock, Emily Morris, Alexandra Rine, Kylie Smail, Laura Tighe, Caitlin Tomczyk, Liz Tomer, Daniella Truong.
? Triadelphia: Alexandra Buch, Kathleen Buch, Shannon Galbreath.
? Glen Dale: Olivia Blazer, Allie Howard.
? Martins Ferry: Brynn Jenkins.
? St. Clairsville: Megan McKeen, Madeline Saines, Abagail Showalter, Olivia Showalter.
? Beech Bottom: Shelby Pell.
Local members of the Southpointe Skate Club include Megan Kirkpatrick of Rayland and Rachel Milton of Wheeling.
Cameron Schultz of Wheeling will skate with the Robert Morris University Synchronized Skating Team.
Choreographers include Alyssa Curry of Washington, Pa., Wheeling Figure Skating Club; Samantha Gormley of Pittsburgh Skate Club of Mt. Lebanon; Kimberly Sailer of Washington, Pa., Wheeling Figure Skating Club; and Heather Stubbs-Zarisky of Irwin, Pa., Pittsburgh Figure Skate Club.
Photos by Scott McCloskey
Members of the Wheeling Figure Skating Club rehearse at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling for the 11th annual Symphony on Ice performance set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4. Participating skaters include, front row from left, Liz Tomer, Megan Kirkpatrick, Laura Tighe, Sydney Jeffries, Stephanie Fike and Kathleen Buch; back row from left, Brittany Boord, Abagail Showalter, Alexandra Buch, Madison Hamby, Caitlin Tomczyk and Rachel Milton.