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Wheeling Symphony Orchestra to Present Valentine’s Day Concerts, Complete with Three-Course Meals

Maestro John Devlin conducts the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra in this file photo. (Photo Provided)

WHEELING — Wheeling Symphony Orchestra announces the first concert of its spring chamber orchestra series, “The Driehorst Family Foundation presents SoundBites Vol. 2: Gershwin — Eat, Drink & Be Mine,” conducted by John Devlin.

The concerts will be held at Oglebay Wilson Lodge Glessner Ballroom on Feb. 14 with two performances: a 1:30 p.m. brunch and a 6:30 p.m. dinner.

Each concert will feature a specialty cocktail and a three-course meal. Concerts will be limited in seating with social distancing rules in place. Audiences can opt for a virtual concert with a take-out option for dinner, as well.

Treat your loved one to food, drink and a big band pops orchestra at Oglebay’s Glessner Ballroom on Valentine’s Day with “Gershwin: Eat, Drink & Be Mine.” Songs include “I Got Rhythm,” “S’ Wonderful,” “Oh, Lady Be Good,” “Summertime” and “Love is Here to Stay.”

“We will present a Valentine’s Day celebration featuring the music of the great American composer George Gershwin,” John Devlin, music director and conductor of the WSO, said. “I call him a ‘great composer’ because this man is a master. The music we will perform for you shows a composer completely in control of the best stylings of popular music–but also someone that could compose and perform classical music at the highest level. And, we also know he wrote jazz tunes that will want to make us dance the night away. Whether you dance is up to you–but we know that this night will be the perfect way to ring in Valentine’s Day.”

In addition to the culinary and musical elements to the evening, the WSO has partnered with D.C-based artist Britt Conley to showcase a visual representation of one of Gershwin’s biggest hits. Conley is a synesthesic music-visualist who creates artistic works that visually represent music via personifying composers writing styles, concepts of the musical composition process or particular music pieces.

She often collaborates with composers and musicians for event-based exhibitions.

Conley holds a bachelor of arts degree in fine arts from George Washington University, a MALS from Georgetown University, a certificate in Art History: History of Color from the University of Cambridge, UK International Summer School, and an Associates in Photography from Northern Virginia Community College. Her studio resides in building 10 at The Workhouse Arts Center, just outside of Washington D.C., in Lorton, Va.

Patrons will be treated to the following menu curated by Chef Raymond from Oglebay. Brunch includes avocado toast with brown sugar cured, hot smoked salmon, arugula and baby spinach salad, an entree of free range chicken with bourbon tomato jam, garlic herb spaghetti squash, plus dark chocolate and white chocolate mousse cups and chocolate dipped strawberries for dessert.

Dinner includes Rosette di Pasta (pasta sheets, parma ham, fontina and vodka sauce), an entree of braised short rib parmesan polenta cake, roasted asparagus, plus dark chocolate and white chocolate mousse cups and chocolate dipped strawberries for dessert. Both menus include a specialty cocktail to start the evening.

For information about the safety protocols for attending these concerts, please visit www.wheelingsymphony.com/safety.

SoundBites concert series is presented by The Driehorst Family Foundation and is generously supported by “Gershwin: Eat, Drink & Be Mine” concert sponsors: National Road Utility Supply, Inc., FeltonCPA and Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal.

Tickets can be purchased by phone at 304-232-6191, via email at boxoffice@wheelingsymphony.com, or in person at the box office, located at 1025 Main Street, Suite 811, Wheeling.

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