Broadway superstar joins Wheeling Symphony

WHEELING — Soprano Sierra Boggess will be the guest artist when the the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra presents Once Upon a Time at 7:30 p.m. April 26.

Music director finalist John Devlin will conduct the performance at the Capitol Theatre.

From classic Broadway and movie scores, to Disney favorites and Star Wars, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The concert traces a path through stories that have remained popular across generations.

Boggess is an Olivier-nominated actress, best known world-wide for her role of Christine in “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway, West End, and the televised 25th-anniversary concert productions of “Phantom.” She made her Broadway debut as Ariel in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” receiving Drama Desk and Drama League nominations, as well as the Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite Female Breakthrough Performance. Her additional Broadway credits include “Master Class,” “It Shoulda Been You” and “School of Rock.” Boggess’ off-Broadway credits include “Love, Loss and What I Wore” and “Music in the Air,” alongside Kristin Chenoweth, for New York City Center’s Encores! Series. In the West End, Boggess has appeared as Fantine in “Les Miserables” and originated the role of Christine Daae in “Love Never Dies,” the critically acclaimed sequel to “The Phantom of the Opera,” receiving an Olivier Award Nomination for her performance.

Devlin returns to Wheeling after having conducted last month’s Masterwork’s concert, Brahms Symphony No. 4. He is the music director of the Hawaii Youth Symphony and artistic director of the Pacific Music Institute. Devlin also has held positions with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. Of his debut concert with the NSO and soloist Joshua Bell, Anne Midgette of the Washington Post wrote that Devlin “led the evening with flair … and was visibly in his element.”

Devlin is a leader in designing concerts that frame orchestral music in new and innovative ways. His thinking has inspired many forward-looking concepts such as Gourmet Symphony, of which he is the founding artistic director; Go-Go Symphony; Seamless Symphony; Interactive Symphony; and the New Retro Project. Devlin holds master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Maryland School of Music and his undergraduate degree from Emory University.

“Sierra Boggess is one of my very favorite artists and I am so excited to be collaborating with her once again in the show Once Upon a Time,” Devlin said. “She is famous for her roles in ‘The Little Mermaid’ and ‘The Phantom of the Opera,’ so we have decided to center the show around favorites from Disney and Broadway. There is something for everyone on the program with all-time favorites like ‘Guys and Dolls’ and ‘My Fair Lady.’ We’ll also visit music from ‘Pocahontas’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ and I’ve even snuck in a few of my favorites like ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and ‘Star Wars.’ The whole family will love this show and we can’t wait to share Sierra’s amazing talent with everyone in Wheeling.”

Prior to the concert, patrons can purchase a pre-show dinner buffet, catered by Chef Charlie Schlegel of Ye Olde Alpha in the Capitol Theatre Ballroom starting at 6 p.m.

Immediately following the performance, Devlin and members of the orchestra will participate in a free post-show reception.

Tickets start at $18.50 and can be purchased online at wheelingsymphony.com; by phone at (304) 232-6191; through e-mail at boxoffice@wheelingsymphony.com; or in person at the box office, located at 1025 Main St., Suite 811, Wheeling.

Patrons 18 or younger can get tickets for $7.50. Additional discounts are available for college students and groups of 10 or more.

Pre-concert dinner tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children. For reservations, call (304) 232-6191 or email boxoffice@wheelingsymphony.com.

Information is available at wheelingsymphony.com.

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