Sleighful of holiday music events planned
WHEELING — Area residents have plenty of opportunities to get in the mood for the holiday season with a variety of musical events planned throughout the region.
One of the most highly anticipated musical events of the season is Wheeling Park High School’s Festival of Sound, featuring several singing ensembles, orchestra and band. This year’s Festival of Sound will be presented at the high school’s J.B. Chambers Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets may be purchased at the high school.
Adding country western flair to the season, Skyflight Productions will present “The Farmer and Adele Christmas Revue” in the Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park at 8 p.m. Friday. Singer Grace Adele and her musical partner, Keenan Wade, perform “country western cowboy and cowgirl swing and high lonesome sounds,” concert organizers said.
For the past four years, the Farmer and Adele have been perfecting a country western comedy Christmas show. The event promises to be full of Christmas classics and original tunes with a western flair. Doors will be opened at 7:30 p.m. Ticket information can be found by calling (423) 276-2653.
In a similar vein, the Honky Tonk Sweethearts will perform a Christmas Wishes show at the Victoria Theater, 1228 Market St., Wheeling, at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets may be purchased by calling (740) 391-2304 or at honkytonksweethearts.online.
Family Service-Upper Ohio Valley’s board of directors will present a musical show “A Family Christmas,” also at the Capitol Theatre in Wheeling, at 7 p.m. Dec. 15. The holiday performance will feature the Ron Retzer Trio and 1170 band.
Tickets are available at the Capitol Theatre box office or online at www.etix.com. All proceeds will benefit senior programs provided by Family Service-Upper Ohio Valley.
Musicians from the Bridge & Tunnel Collective will perform a holiday concert at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre, 2118 Market St., Wheeling, at 8 p.m. Dec. 16. A variety of artists will perform their original takes on traditional holiday favorites in wide range of musical styles. Tickets may be purchased at www.oionline.com or by calling (304) 242-7700.
Because of popular demand, a second performance has been added to the initial “I Will Remember, B.E. Taylor Christmas Concert” schedule. Two shows will be presented at the Capitol Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and 22.
The concerts honor the late B.E. Taylor and celebrate a holiday tradition that he started. Taylor died from a brain tumor in August 2016.
“Wooden Heart Follies: An Original Nutcracker Village Musical” will be performed at the Masonic Temple, 227 N. Fourth St., Steubenville, at 2 p.m. on Sunday and Dec. 17. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Fort Steuben Visitors Center in Steubenville. This production is based on characters in the Steubenville Nutcracker Village exhibit set to the melodies of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.”
Holidays at the Hall, a free event planned at West Virginia Independence Hall, 1528 Market St., Wheeling, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 16, will include a musical performance by Wheeling Middle School students and a bell-ringing performance by John Tyska.
The Broadway at the Capitol series will feature two musical productions at the Capitol Theatre for the holiday season. A stage version of “Sound of Music” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, while “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec.19.
Holiday music will combine with other performing arts for several productions this year.
Oglebay Institute’s School of Dance will stage several performances of the holiday ballet, “The Nutcracker,” at two venues.
Performances of “The Nutcracker” will take place at the Mansion Museum in Oglebay Park at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 17. Each show includes tea and photos with the cast. An opportunity to tour the Holidays at the Mansion exhibit is included with the admission price.
“The Nutcracker” also will be staged at Towngate Theatre at 7 p.m. Dec. 22 and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 23. Reservations for either venue may be made at www.oionline.com or by calling (304) 242-7272.
Folks who want to join in the holiday musical fun can participate in the free Community Carol Sing outside the Mansion Museum in Oglebay Park from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 15. In addition to singing holiday tunes, participants can warm up with hot chocolate and gather around a fire burning inside an ice chimney on the mansion’s front lawn.
Members of the South Wheeling Preservation Alliance will go Christmas caroling in the neighborhood from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22. Ginger Kabala, president of the group, says “bring your voice and a friend.”