WHEELING – The Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra (WSYO) Bluegrass BBQ will be held at Hess Shelter, Oglebay Park, from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 26.
The event will feature music from local bands: Faire May, Kanawha and The Jim and Bailey Band, with a special performance by members of the Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra.
A menu of delicious grills will be prepared by chef Charlie Schlegel. The event is sponsored by WVU Medicine Wheeling Hospital, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Main Street Bank and Commonwealth Financial Services.
The Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra offers young musicians in the Tri-State region a formal place to train and perform together under the direction of Benjamin Podolski and Catherine Baker.
Podolsk, conductor of WSYO’s high school and college group, the Philharmonic, said: “Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the youth orchestra has had a productive year in 2020.
“By staying connected via Zoom at the start of the pandemic and starting rehearsals in person in January, the group was able to give a spring concert in May. ”
Catherine Baker, who heads the entire WSYO college, the Sinfonietta, returns for her second year as group leader. She was impressed with the hard work of young musicians over the past year and can’t wait to return to rehearsals this month.
“With each repetition, our students get better and better,” Baker said. “I can’t wait to see how they have continued to grow as musicians over the summer months, and look forward to welcoming new students as well. “
The Bluegrass BBQ raises funds that allow the Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra to continue its tradition of providing a tuition-free opportunity for young musicians to rehearse and perform a stimulating repertoire with like-minded students. The WSYO gives two free concerts open to the public every year.
Tickets for the WSYO Bluegrass BBQ cost $ 25 for adults and $ 10 for children and can be purchased by phone at 304-232-6191, by email at [email protected], or in person at the box office, located at 1025 Main Street, Suite 811, Roulant.
For more information on the Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra, visit wheelingsymphony.com.