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"The music's rhythm had an irresistible momentum."

The Washington Post



East Meets West Festival - Tan Dun & Rimsky-Korsakov

André leads an "East Meets West" Festival week with the Wheeling Symphony March 14-16. The Festival begins with a presentation focusing on The Art and Tradition of Storytelling. The March 14 event will feature Marc Harshman, West Virginia Poet Laureate, Wei-Wei, WSO Associate Concertmaster and André Raphel. On March 15, a panel discussion focusing on Chinese cultural traditions and Beethoven's music. Lu-Han Li, pipa will appear as well as Jennifer Frautschi, violin.

On the March 16 concert, André conducts works by Tan Dun, Beethoven and Rimsky-Korsakov.

Tan Dun: Symphonic Poem of 3 Notes
Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Jennifer Frautschi, violin
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade


"Music, Noise and Silence" with Magic Circle Mime Co.

April 2-6, André conducts the Wheeling Symphony in its Young People's Concert Tour. The concerts feature the brilliant Magic Circle Mime Company.

The program titled Music, Noise and Silence features works by Suppe, Bach, Ives, Grofé and more!


Two of a Kind in Mobile

On February 24 and 25, André Raphel conducts the Mobile Symphony Orchestra (AL) in "Two of a Kind." The program features works by Elgar and Haydn.

Zuill Bailey will be featured as soloist playing the Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major. The concerts open with Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet Excerpts.

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Excerpts
Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major
Zuill, Bailey, cello
Elgar: Enigma Variations


A debut in Buffalo

André Raphel appeared with the Buffalo Philharmonic making his debut in concerts on December 2 and 3, 2017. Critical acclaim followed for the performances.

The Buffalo News wrote: "He and the orchestra treated that Ravel with panache and technical precision. The dance rhythms sparkled and every note was right where it should be." Here's a link to the complete review:

Music of Stravinsky and Danielpour highlight program

On November 9, André conducts the Wheeling Symphony in a concert that features orchestral soloists. The chamber orchestra program includes Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite. Also featured Richard Danielpour's Adagietto for String Orchestra, a work which André Raphel conducted the world premiere of with the WSO.

Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite
Bach: Double Concerto for Two Violins
Rachel Stegeman, violin
Juan Jaramillo, violin
Danielpour: Adagietto for String Orchestra
Mozart: Symphony No. 41


French and Russian works: Opening WSO Masterworks Concert

On October 12, André conducts the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra in a program pairing core French and Russian works. The opening Masterworks program features Stewart Goodyear as soloist. It will be the third collaboration on Russian repertoire with André as part of Goodyear's appearances in Wheeling.

Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2


Opening Pops with Blockbuster Broadway

André conducts the Wheeling Symphony on September 21 in the 2017/18 Opening Night Pops concert. The concert features Blockbuster Broadway with vocalists Kelli Rabke, Scott Coulter, Jessica Hendy and John Boswell, piano.

The program includes songs from Broadway's greatest shows including: CHICAGO, ANNIE, THE LION KING, WICKED, LES MISERABLES, JERSEY BOYS, CABARET, MAMMA MIA!, BEAUTIFUL, PIPPIN and THE SOUND OF MUSIC.

André Raphel with Blockbuster Broadway.


Pops Favorites and Film Music

On September 3, 2017 André leads the Wheeling Symphony in the Music Under the Stars concert. The concert on Labor Day Weekend features Pops Favorites and Film Music. The all-orchestral concert takes place in the Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater, Oglebay Park at 7:30 pm.

Highlights of the program include: Gershwin's An American in Paris, Schifrin's Mission Impossible, John Williams' Adventures on Earth from E.T., Elmer Bernstein's The Magnificent Seven and more!

André Raphel leads the Wheeling Symphony in the Music Under the Stars concert.


Review from Bachtrack for French Festival program

André led a French Festival program with the Wheeling Symphony which included works by Chabrier, Fauré and Berlioz. Also featured Kenneth Fuchs' new Piano Concerto "Spiritualist".

Of Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, the Bachtrack review noted "the music was terrifically exciting even as Raphel exerted perfect control over the proceedings." Read the complete review at the following link:


André featured on commemorative CD with The Philadelphia Orchestra
Honoring the Dream
William Grant Still (1895-1978)
from Symphony No. 1 ("Afro-American):

I. Moderato assai
IV. Lento, con risoluzione

André Raphel Conductor


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