The City of Wheeling, West Virginia


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Wheeling Symphony

The Wheeling Symphony Society, Inc. was established in 1929 by Mrs. Eleanor D. Caldwell and a group of local musicians as the foundation upon which a Wheeling Symphony Orchestra was born. Over the past seven decades, the symphony has gained national prominence under eight music directors.

During this time, guest soloists with the orchestra have included major artists of our time: Yehudi Menuhin, Arthur Rubenstein, Roberta Peters, Marian Anderson, Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Richard Stolzman, Andre Watts, and the late Jean-Pierre Rampal, to name a few.

The Wheeling Symphony has been recognized time and again for its quality?having performed in 2004 at the National Performing Arts Convention, as part of the American Symphony Orchestra League?s National Conference in Pittsburgh.

In fact, during the 2005-06 season, Music Director Andr? Raphel Smith and the orchestra presented the World Premiere of Grammy-winning American composer Richard Danielpour’s "Triptych" from Margaret Garner."Triptych" for mezzo-soprano and orchestra features a text written by Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison.

Mr. Smith also led the orchestra and group Time for Three in a co-commission with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony for Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto 4-3 during the 2007 ? 2008 season.

This season the WSO performs five Masterworks concerts at the John Marshall Center for the Performing Arts in nearby Glen Dale, WV, and three Pops concerts at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling during its regular subscription season.The spectacular holiday concert, Symphony on Ice, will be performed for the twelfth consecutive year at WesBanco Arena and will again feature skaters of international renown plus a host of regional and local skaters as well as a choral group of hundreds of school children.

As the Wheeling Symphony enters its 79th season, it continues to operate on the premise of its founders who were "? prompted by a love of music and because the symphony believes a larger musical organization could undertake more comprehensive programs for the entertainment of more people."

For a complete schedule of concerts and special events, visit the Wheeling Symphony website, or call 1.800.395.9241.



From the region’s largest trail system, to national schools of excellence, to a reorganized municipal government, the City of Wheeling offers a dynamic environment for you, your family and your business. There are many features that are unique to this area and we are proud of them! Our businesses enjoy the business climate as well with our advanced, motivated work force. The work force also enjoys being active in our various professional organizations. The area boasts year-round entertainment, leisure, sports, music, festivals, dining, shopping, and much more.

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