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Spanish, American Music at Masterworks

It will be a night of Spanish and American music when Andre Raphel conducts the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks II concert at 8 p.m. tonight at the Capitol Theatre in Wheeling.

“The Masterworks II program focuses on Spanish and American works. It’s music that represents important facets of the orchestral repertoire,”?Raphel said. “What makes this program so unique is that it combines works by Falla born in Spain, Piazzolla from Argentina and Sierra born in Puerto Rico. In addition to the rhythmic vitality of the works, what seems to bind them is a fascination with Spanish dance forms. This is a program I hope will give listeners a sense of the wide spectrum of colors in orchestral sound, and a connection to dances like the tango and jota.”

Tonight’s concert will feature Roberto Sierra’s “Fandangos,” Astor Piazzolla’s Tres Movimientos Tanguisticos Portenos and Oblivion; and Manuel de Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat Suite No. 2. Guest violinist Michael Ludwig will perform the Samuel Barber Violin Concerto with the WSO.

Sierra has completed a composer residency with the orchestra this week, visiting area colleges and attending rehearsals. Sierra and Ludwig will discuss Spanish and American music with Raphel at Concert Talk at 7 p.m. today in the Capitol Theatre ballroom.

For concert tickets, call 304-232-6191.

Masterworks II is sponsored by Paul T. Tucker. Sierra’s composer residency is sponsored by Judge and Mrs. Frederick P. Stamp Jr.

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