WHEELING, W.Va. – West Virginia Independence Hall (WVIH) in Wheeling will present a Wheeling Symphony String Trio in concert in the historic courtroom at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22. The concert is part of the new Wheeling Symphony Orchestra (WSO) initiative, WSO on the GO, an idea spawned to raise the orchestra’s visibility in the community and reach new audiences.
The trio is composed of longtime symphony musicians Anne Moskal (formerly Jackovic), violin; Jennifer Gerhard, viola; and Jeff Mangone, bass. The 45-minute concert will feature such works as Spring from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Edelweiss from The Sound of Music, Georges Bizet’s Habanera from Carmen and Henry Mancini’s Moon River, followed by a reception, sponsored by the WSO.
“The courtroom at WVIH is acoustically alive. Being able to showcase this historically important space with the beautiful music provided by the symphony makes perfect sense,” said Debbie Jones, site manager. “We’re thrilled to be part of this new endeavor.”
Concert tickets are $20 per adult and include the reception. Students are admitted free of charge. The performance is limited to the first 175 paid reservations. To purchase a ticket or for more information about WSO on the GO, call (304) 232-6191.
“WSO on the GO is a showcase for the talent of our musicians in informal, relaxed settings around the Ohio Valley. The musicians play the music they love from light classical and Broadway to tango and jazz,” says Bruce Wheeler, WSO executive director.
The WSO is grateful for the sponsorship provided by Jeremy and Jane McCamic, McKinley Carter Wealth Services, Joan and Fred Stamp, Jay Frey and Michael Hires and an anonymous donor. Funds raised for the WSO on the GO project provides the students with their free admission.
For more information about WVIH, contact Debbie Jones, site manager, at (304) 238-1300 or Deborah.J.Jones@wv.gov.
West Virginia Independence Hall has been on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) since 1970. It was originally built as a federal custom house in 1859, served as the home of the pro-Union state conventions of Virginia during the spring and summer of 1861 and as the capitol of loyal Virginia from June 1861 to June 1863. It also was the site of the first constitutional convention for West Virginia.
Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1988, the museum is maintained and operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, with the cooperation and assistance of the West Virginia Independence Hall Foundation. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, with the exception of major holidays. The museum is located on the corner of 16th and Market Streets in Wheeling.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the Office of the Secretary of Education and the Arts, with Gayle Manchin, cabinet secretary. The division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the division’s programs, events and sites, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.