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Wheeling Symphony Orchestra Plans Fall Chamber Series With Culinary Flare

WHEELING — The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra is ready to kick off its fall concert chamber music series, WesBanco presents SoundBites.

This three-concert series will be performed at Oglebay Wilson Lodge Glessner Ballroom on Sept. 13, Oct. 11 and Nov. 8. Each concert will feature two performances, an 1:30 p.m. brunch and 6:30 p.m. dinner, and each will feature a specialty cocktail and a three-course meal.

Concerts will be limited in seating with social distancing rules in place for audiences and musicians.

“During these unprecedented times, the thing that I have missed the most is performing with the musicians of the Wheeling Symphony for our beloved audience,” WSO Music Director John Devlin said. “These challenges have forced us to be innovative, and we are very excited to announce our re-imagining of what our concerts can look like during these times of social distancing. We present: Soundbites!”

This series of three concerts will bring the traveling to you as the WSO takes you on journeys both musical and culinary. The WSO has teamed up with Thomas Raymond, executive chef at Oglebay, to design these experiences that we know you will love. Each concert will guide guests in a different way with music selections from around the world paired with culinary delights from each nation. The symphony is offering two types of concerts — brunch and dinner — both featuring dynamic performances.

Prior to his appointment as the ninth music director of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, Devlin created innovative concert experiences including his time as founder and artistic director of Gourmet Symphony in Washington D.C., where he paired world-class musicians with legendary chefs. The Washington Post hailed these projects as “refreshingly unfamiliar” events that deliver a new audience for classical music.

“We are excited to embark on this experiment with you,” Devlin added. “It brings me great joy to reinvigorate the ideas that I developed from my time as the artistic director of Gourmet Symphony. Our audiences there loved these hybrid events where all five senses are truly engaged. We hope that you will as well, and we can’t wait to see you this fall.”

In addition to the artistic innovation, the WSO is working with Oglebay and health officials to make sure these events follow safety guidelines.

“We have been working hard to find safe ways for our musicians to reconnect with our audiences in live performance,” Interim WSO Executive Director Betsy Delk said. “By reducing seating capacity and following guidelines for face coverings, social distancing and other safety protocols, we are able to offer world-class entertainment in a safe environment close to home.”

Prior to each concert, subscribers can opt into our SoundBites Plus program which entitles patrons access to an Amuse-Bouche reception, sponsored by Jeremy and Jane McCamic.

Patrons will have the chance to talk to John Devlin and musicians from the WSO and get the dish before the concert begins.

Be sure to watch for additional announcements including the spring subscription series, WSO on the GO concerts and Symphony on Ice. Soundbite subscription packages are on sale to 2019-20 subscribers. Single tickets and new subscriber sales are available now. For ticket pricing and subscription packaging, visit wheelingsymphony.com or call 304-232-6191. More information is available at wheelingsymphony.com.

SoundBites concert series is presented by WesBanco and is generously supported by sponsors Lea Ridenhour and Eriks Janelsins, Jonathan and Jessica Bedway and Visiting Angels.

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