Wheeling Symphony’s “A Not So Silent Night” set for Dec. 16 broadcast

Posted on: December 14, 2021

The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s “A Not So Silent Night” holiday concert at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling, West Virginia will be broadcast on WTRF-CBS and WTRF.com on December 16 at 7 p.m. Joining the orchestra on the one-hour program, conducted by Music Director John Devlin, will be mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and the Wheeling Park High School Young Patriot Choir. The concert will include the world premiere of Quinn Mason’s Christmas Eve Festivities, and Cooke will perform opera and holiday music with the orchestra in arrangements by two frequent WSO collaborators: Michael Ellis Ingram’s Ave Maria, a U.S. premiere, and Enrico Lopez-Yañez’s Toyland, a world premiere. In 2020, the WSO created “A Not So Silent Night” in response to the restrictions on live music during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The feedback from the concert was so positive, we decided to do it again,” says WSO Executive Director Bryan Braunlich. “Staging both the holiday concert and Symphony on Ice in the same month is a lot of work, but well worth the effort. Community support for the orchestra is at an all-time high, and we are grateful to be part of the Ohio Valley’s holiday traditions.”