Wheeling Symphony receives state award for resiliency in the arts

Posted on: March 16, 2022

West Virginia’s Wheeling Symphony Orchestra was presented with the West Virginia Governor’s Award for Resiliency in the Arts at a ceremony on March 1 at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. At the ceremony Music Director John Devlin and Executive Director Bryan Braunlich accepted the award, which recognizes a West Virginia organization that demonstrated creative solutions and leadership in the wake of COVID-19 restrictions. Randall Reid-Smith, curator for the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History, served as master of ceremonies, and Senator Owens Brown and Delegate Erikka Storch congratulated the WSO and the other award recipients. During the pandemic, the WSO has performed at least once a month, with performances ranging from virtual and televised concerts to the WSO’s SoundBites Series, which combines a gourmet dining experience with a chamber orchestra concert. The Governor’s Arts Awards are presented biennially to celebrate the talents of the state’s artists and groups that produce art.