The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and Wheeling Jesuit University announced on Thursday the details of the orchestra’s 2014-15 College Concert Series.
The Concert Series now in its fifth season, is sponsored by Wheeling Jesuit University. It aims to break down traditional barriers surrounding attending orchestral concerts.
The College Concert Series allows Ohio Valley college students to attend four Wheeling Symphony concerts — two Pops and two Masterworks – at no cost. Tickets for faculty, staff and alumni from participating colleges are available at half price. The colleges and universities which are part of the 2014-15 College Series are: Belmont College, Bethany College, Eastern Gateway Community College, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio University Eastern, Washington & Jefferson College, West Liberty University, West Virginia Business College, West Virginia Northern Community College, West Virginia University and Wheeling Jesuit University.
The Rev. James Fleming, S.J., president of Wheeling Jesuit said, “Wheeling Jesuit is proud to sponsor the Wheeling Symphony’s College Concert Series for the fourth year. We believe strongly in the transformative power of the arts for people of all ages, and particularly for young people as they develop their talents and explore new interests. It is a privilege for us to provide college students, along with college faculty, staff and alumni, with the opportunity to experience great music, performed live by talented professional artists in one of Wheeling’s cultural gems – the Capitol Theatre.”
The Series was originally conceived of by André Raphel, music director of the Wheeling Symphony as both an audience development initiative and a means of providing students with opportunities to hear the Orchestra in wide ranging repertoire. Mr. Raphel said, “It’s important for listeners to get a sense of the wide spectrum of music the Orchestra plays. I’m happy this initiative will continue to allow the college community to experience music by traditional composers like Sibelius, as well as living composers such as Roberto Sierra, who will be in Wheeling for a Composer Residency this season.”
The continuation of the partnership further allows the institutions to build on an essential community relationship between education and the arts. Bruce Wheeler, executive director of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, said, “Wheeling Jesuit’s generosity has given many college students, faculty and alumni the gift of live orchestral music played by our own Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. For that we are all terrifically grateful.”
The College Concert Series includes the following four Wheeling Symphony Orchestra concerts: Saturday, Oct. 18 – Jeans ‘n’ Classics featuring Vocalist Michael Shotton and The Music of Queen; Friday, Nov. 7 – Spanish and American music with Violinist Michael Ludwig and Roberto Sierra, composer; Saturday, Feb. 14 – Wheeling native Tim O’Brien performs his original bluegrass and country classics; Friday, March 20 – “Famous Fifths” includes well-known fifth symphonies by classical greats Beethoven and Sibelius.
All concerts begin at 8 p.m. in the Capitol Theatre in downtown Wheeling, with a pre-concert talk prior to Masterworks performances at 7 p.m. Student tickets will be available at the Capitol Theatre box office beginning at 6:30 p.m. before each concert, and on area campuses during Wheeling Symphony visits scheduled through individual colleges.