WSO Young People’s Concert Tour Brings ‘Animated Orchestra’ to Students

The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s Young People’s Concert tour will reach more than 4,000 area elementary school students from Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel counties in West Virginia, Belmont and Jefferson counties in Ohio, and Washington County in Pennsylvania, Monday, April 1, through Thursday, April 4.

The Animated Orchestra will be conducted by Maurice Staton and features guest artist Gary Adams.

“Making music with the Wheeling Symphony with so many friends and colleagues is just a pleasure,” said guest conductor and WSO violinist, Maurice Staton. “It’s music-making in its bare form, wonderful and infectious, which will translate to the students. It will make the concert, in particular, The Animated Orchestra, a great experience.”

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Because of the impact the Young People’s Concert tour has on our area students, it exemplifies the Wheeling Symphony’s mission to provide orchestral programs that entertain, educate, and enhance the quality of life for our community and its residents. The program will feature works by Smetana, Strauss and Elgar in tandem with Smith’s The Animated Orchestra. “These pieces are going to help show that the imagination is an untapped resource to musical growth,” said Staton. “It will be a great show!”

The Young People’s Concert Tour is made possible by the following sponsors: Helen J. Prince Foundation, Schenk Charitable Trust, Karl and Mildred Niekamp Charitable Foundation, W.E. Stone Foundation, Elizabeth-Hess Gebhard Fund, Levenson Family Foundation, Sands Charitable Trust, Wheeling Hospital and Hess Family Fund.

For more information about reservations, contact Lauren Baker, the WSO education coordinator, at 304-232-6191 or email


Monday, April 1, 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. — Washington Park School
Tuesday, April 2, 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. — Buckeye Local High School
Wednesday, April 3, 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. — John Marshall High School Performing Arts Center
Thursday, April 4, 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. — J.B. Chambers Performing Arts Center