Symphony is a holiday tradition

An appearance by the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra has become just as much a part of Weirton’s Independence Day festivities as the community’s parade.

For close to 30 years, the symphony has come to Weirton to provide an evening of entertainment for our residents, performing a variety of Americana and pop culture selections for the hundreds who gather.

That tradition will continue at 8 p.m. Friday when the symphony performs at the Weirton Event Center, brought back through the efforts of the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau and through contributions by local residents and businesses.

Each year, the symphony takes its show on the road to celebrate our nation’s birth, and our area has been fortunate to be a part of that tour for many years.

Joined this year by guest conductor Maurice Staton and guest artist Gary Mauer, this is sure to, once again, be a great event to be enjoyed by residents of all ages.

Staton is part of the Wheeling Symphony’s violin section, and recently conducted the symphony’s Young People’s Concert Tour. He previously held positions with symphonies and orchestras across the country. Mauer has held the headline role in the Broadway production of “The Phantom of the Opera,” along with performing with several symphonies during his career.

We thank the symphony for bringing its talents back to Weirton for this free community event, and encourage residents of the Tri-State Area to come out and enjoy the evening.

As a bonus, the show will be followed by a fireworks display over downtown Weirton.

It is certain to be a great evening as we continue our Independence Day celebrations.