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WSO opens season with Carnival at the Capitol

September 15, 2011
Times Leader

WHEELING - It will be an evening of soaring repertoire when Maestro Andre Raphel and the Wheeling Symphony open their 2011-2012 Season with a Carnival at the Capitol featuring the brilliant young violinist Caitlin Tully and great pieces from Dvorak, Chausson, Ravel and Brahms. This Masterworks concert will be held Friday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Wheeling.

This concert opens a season featuring the music of towering composers, exciting co-commissioned works, the thrill of cirque, and the cool swinging sounds of jazz and blues.

Rising violin superstar Caitlin Tully made her debut with the Vancouver Symphony at the age of 10, displaying a musical maturity and inspiration far beyond her years. Upon hearing her, Yehudi Menuhin said she "plays with more integrity than any young violinist I have ever heard." Since then, Ms. Tully has collaborated with conductors including Kent Nagano, Hans Graf, Pinchas Steinberg, Peter Oundjian, Bramwell Tovey, Peter Bay, Jeffrey Kahane, Daniel Hege, Murry Sidlin and Benjamin Zander. She has appeared with, among many others, the Pittsburgh Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, Toronto Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, and at the Britt Festivals.

The evening begins with Dvorak's Carnival Overture which opens brilliantly with full orchestra and followed by Chausson's mysterious and nostalgic Poeme, op.25 featuring Ms. Tully. She will then perform the virtuoso piece for violin, Ravel's Tzigane, which represents the improvisatory spirit with all the dazzling tricks and techniques of the violin.

The concert will conclude with the immortal Brahms' Symphony No. 1, sometimes referred to as Beethoven's 10th as it ends in a hymn-like melody.

This concert is sponsored by United Bank and McKinley & Associates. WTOV9 is the media sponsor. Also, this program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

Concert Talk, a free an informative look at the stories behind the music, will be held in the ballroom at the theatre beginning at 7 p.m.

For more information on the Wheeling Symphony's 2011-2012 Season or to become a season subscriber, call 304-232-6191 or 800-395-9241, or visit the new website



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