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"His conducting is clear and precise, exact and energetic, his ideas are well formed."

St. Louis Post-Dispatch



December Notes

What a Fall it has been! Musically there are several performances which stood out. Collaborating with Stewart Goodyear is always a fun ride and our work together on Prokofieff's 3rd Piano Concerto was memorable.
A first collaboration with Arnaud Sussmann was full of new insights as he played Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with great elegance. It was wonderful making-music with Buffalo Philharmonic and you can read a review below.

Other highlights included revisiting Richard Danielpour's Adagietto. It's a gorgeous work that I led the world premiere of in 2005. As a close collaborator over the years, it's especially nice to see his Songs of Solitude nominated for a 2018 Grammy Award.

As I think back on 2017, collaborations with Julia Bullock who sang Barber's Knoxville and Christopher O'Riley who is a deeply thoughtful artist were also major highlights. The year began with my first time leading the San Antonio Symphony. It was meaningful to help present a Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute concert with the orchestra after a long absence.

What has become more and more apparent this year is that music often communicates when mere words seem inadequate. In this season of giving, I'm happy to be able to share the gift of music through concerts. Warmest wishes to you and your family during this holiday season. Look forward to seeing you in 2018! AR


A Debut in Buffalo

André Raphel appeared with the Buffalo Philharmonic making his debut in concerts on December 2nd and 3rd. The soloist for the program was French violinist, Arnaud Sussmann.

Here's a link to critical acclaim in a review from the Buffalo News:


Symphony on Ice for the Holidays

On December 5th, André conducts the 2017 Symphony on Ice program. This Holiday favorite features professional figure skaters, Wheeling and Pittsburgh Skate Clubs, Middle and High School Choirs and the Wheeling Symphony. A community favorite, it's always a festive program at the Wes Banco Arena.


Two of a Kind in Mobile

In February 2018, André Raphel conducts the Mobile Symphony Orchestra in a program entitled "Two of a Kind." The program features works by Elgar and Haydn.

Zuill Bailey, cello will be featured as soloist playing the Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major. The concerts on February 24 and 25, 2018 open with Prokofiev: Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet and close with Elgar's Enigma Variations.


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.


2017 Celebrate America Tour


The Celebrate America Tour with the Wheeling Symphony was a great success! The four city July tour program featured vocalist Hugh Panaro singing Broadway favorites from The Music Man, Phantom of the Opera, Chess and more. André led the orchestra in Patriotic favorites and American music.

Here's the link to an article about the concert in Clarksburg: "Celebrate America" goes out with a Bang with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra


San Antonio Symphony at The Tobin Center

André Raphel led the San Antonio Symphony in a program celebrating the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. The January 2017 program featured inspirational anthems, spirituals as well as uplifting works from the standard repertoire.

This community concert took place at The Tobin Center and also featured the MLK Mass Choir; Jerome Roberson, director.

Johnson/arr. Smith: Lift Every Voice and Sing
Coleridge-Taylor: Danse Négre
Hailstork: Everytime I Feel the Spirit from Three Spirtituals for Orchestra
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, 2nd movement
"Jesus Is My Rock"
"Psalm 117"
"More Abundantly"
Coleridge-Taylor: La Caprice de Nannette
Sowande: Joyful Day
Ellington/arr. Gould: Solitude
Hailstork: Oh Freedom
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, 3rd and 4th movements


Review from Bachtrack for French Festival program

André led a French Festival concert in May 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


View a PDF of Festivals & World Premieres featuring André Raphel