Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s Percussion Ensemble to Perform at Bethany College

 BETHANY, W.Va. — The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s (WSO) Percussion Ensemble will present a free performance at Bethany College on April 19 at 4 p.m. The concert, part of the Orchestra’s MUSIC in Our Neighborhoods project, will be held in Commencement Hall on the Bethany College campus.

WSO’s visit to the College is being supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The funds are being used to promote free chamber ensemble performances by the WSO in the Wheeling, W.Va., area.

The WSO is celebrating its 80th season and is directed by André Raphel Smith. The group was established to entertain, educate and enhance the quality of life of area residents while providing work for local musicians. MUSIC in Our Neighborhoods furthers that mission.

MUSIC in Our Neighborhoods features presentations by the WSO Percussion Ensemble, Brass Quintet, String Quintet and Woodwind Quintet. The groups have engaged audiences young and old through performances for local schools, retirement communities, the WSO Youth Orchestra, arts organizations, libraries, museums, universities and colleges.

This year’s venues include, in addition to Bethany College, organizations such as Warwood School, Ohio County Public Library, Stifel Fine Arts Center, John Marshall High School, West Liberty University, Wheeling Country Day School, Girl Scouts, Ohio University Eastern and Olney Friends School.

The April 19 event at Bethany is open to the public. There will be time for questions following the performance.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.