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East Meets West at the Wheeling Symphony


All this week, Maestro André Raphel and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra are hosting the East Meets West Festival and Concert in Wheeling. This includes events like “The Art and Tradition of Storytelling”, which took place on Wednesday (3/14); “A Musical Journey Through Chinese and Western Culture”, which will take place Thursday evening (3/15); and a WSO concert, which is happening Friday evening (3/16).

Thursday’s “Musical Journey” will feature violinist Jennifer Frautschi performing on violin and Lu-Han Li performing on Pipa, which is the Chinese equivalent of the Western Lute or Mandolin. It will take place at 6:30 PM at the Stifel Fine Arts Center in Wheeling.

On Friday, Maestro Raphel will be conducting a concert with the Wheeling Symphony which will include Tan Dun’s Symphonic Poem of 3 Notes, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.  Jennifer Frautschi will be joining the orchestra for the iconic Beethoven Violin Concerto. During Tan Dun’s Symphonic Poem, Raphel says you’ll hear all sorts of interesting sounds including brake drum, stones, and symphonic rapping. Scheherazade is a piece where the Western style of Korsakov meets the Eastern influence of Arabia. 

Listen to the full interview here: 

You can find out more information on the East Meets West Festival and Concert here.