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Season Finale with Respighi's Pines of Rome

André Raphel conducts the Wheeling Symphony on May 18 in a rousing season finale program. The concert includes music by Beethoven, the 17/18 season Featured Composer. Deborah Selig, soprano makes her debut with the orchestra singing songs by Richard Strauss.

Program

Dvorak: Carnival Overture
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4
intermission
R. Strauss: Five Songs with Orchestra
Muttertändelei
Morgen
Ruhe, meine Seele
Zueignung
Cäcilie
Respighi: Pines of Rome

 

A Night of Gershwin in Philadelphia

In news recently announced, André will return to the Mann Center to conduct The Philadelphia Orchestra in an All-Gershwin program. The July 27 concert will be the closing concert of the Philadelphia Orchestra's Mann Center residency.

A Night of Gershwin features Cuban Overture and Concerto in F among other works. Further details at the link: theMannCenter

 

Young People's Concert Tour with Magic Circle Mime Co.

André conducts the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra in its annual Young People's Concert Tour. The concerts feature the brilliant Magic Circle Mime Company!

The program entitled Music, Noise and Silence features works by Suppé, Bach, Ives, Grofé and more. Tour schedule is as follows:

April 3 Rayland, OH
April 4 Washington, PA
April 5 Wheeling, WV
April 6 Wheeling, WV

 

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.

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

 

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.

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

Collaborating with Zuill Bailey

 

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: www.buffalonews.com

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.

Program
Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
intermission
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.

 

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: www.bachtrack.com

 

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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