Local symphony visit a highlight of summer

After almost 25 years, it wouldn’t seem like the Independence Day holiday in Weirton without a performance from the Wheeling Symphony, which brings its special brand of community outreach and interpretation on a variety of patriotic tunes.

We’re glad to know that tradition will continue this year as the symphony will play Friday at the Weirton Event Center. There is sure to be a crowd for the annual show, which will begin at 7:30 p.m., so we encourage residents wanting to attend to get there early and find a good spot.

As always, the concert will be free of charge, thanks to support from several area sponsors.

Under the direction of conductor Andre Raphel, this year’s show will include two special guests in husband and wife Jason Jackson and Rosena Hill Jackson.

She is a concert soloist, who has performed with symphonies across the country, as well as appearing in numerous Broadway productions. He is a jazz trombonist who has toured with Ray Charles, been the lead trombonist in the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, worked with Roy Hargrove and Charles Tolliver and played in the pit band of Broadway productions.

The Wheeling Symphony performance is something the local community looks forward to every year. We thank those who make it all possible.