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

The Washington Post



Catto Recording Project

Pianist and composer Uri Caine and André will team up on August 22 and 23 to record Caine's Passion of Octavius Catto in NYC. The work focuses on Catto, a pioneering figure in American history who lived in the 1800's. Octavius Catto was an educator, civil and voting rights activist, as well as a baseball player in the early Negro League.

The recording sessions will take place at the DiMenna Center. Caine's piece is an oratorio combining classical, pop, gospel, jazz and patriotic styles to create a powerful work. André conducted the world premiere of the piece in 2014. Barbara Walker, vocalist will be soloist on the recording of this work which also features gospel choir, jazz trio with Uri at the piano and the NY Studio Orchestra.

Collaborating with Zuill Bailey


A Night of Gershwin

André Raphel will return to the Mann Center to conduct The Philadelphia Orchestra in an All-Gershwin program on July 27. The 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 with Micah McLaurin, piano.

Gershwin: Cuban Overture
Gershwin: Concerto in F
Gershwin/arr. Bennett: Porgy and Bess, A Symphonic Picture
Gershwin: An American in Paris


Raphel Named Conductor Laureate

In news recently announced, André Raphel has been named Conductor Laureate of the Wheeling Symphony. The appointment beginning with the 18/19 season recognizes Raphel's distinguished fifteen year tenure as Music Director.

Read more about the announcement at the link in this article from Broadway World conductorlaureate


Season Finale with music of Dvorak and Strauss

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.


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


On 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.

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.

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:

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:


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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