In Thursday’s (5/2) Wheeling News-Register (West Virginia), Linda Comins writes, “Setting the stage for interior renovations planned at the Capitol Theatre this summer, the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra has adopted the motto, ‘Take Your Seat,’ for its 2013-14 season. During a press conference Wednesday at the downtown theater, WSO Music Director André Raphel announced the line-up for the upcoming season, which includes seven concerts, three free outdoor events and the world premiere of a fanfare-overture to celebrate the state’s sesquicentennial on June 20. … The symphony’s 84th season consists of four Masterworks performances and three pops concerts to be presented at the Capitol Theatre at 8 p.m. on Fridays. … In addition, the orchestra celebrates the sesquicentennial of the state with a free concert at Heritage Port [on] June 20. The concert includes the world premiere of Kenneth Fuchs’ ‘Forever Free, a Fanfare-Overture for West Virginia,’ commissioned by the Wheeling Symphony. The concert also features performances by West Virginia natives: mandolin player Johnny Staats, Grammy-winning singer Kathy Mattea and ‘America’s Got Talent’ winner Landau Eugene Murphy.”

Posted May 2, 2013