WHEELING – The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra will close its WesBanco Capitol concert series with Baroque and Beyond on Thursday, May 26.
The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will feature music by guest artists Stefan Jackiw, violin; Yoonah Kim, clarinet and Rachel Stegeman, violin. The orchestra will be conducted by Maestro John Devlin. All spectators are invited to an end-of-season celebration after the performance.
Works by American composer Eric Nathan, including his “Double Concerto for Violin and Clarinet” and a setting of pieces by JS Bach, will be performed alongside Max Richter’s special project Recomposed: Vivaldi-The Four Seasons.
“This concert will be an exciting way to end our season,” said Devlin. “We will present two works by American composer Eric Nathan — his ‘Double Concerto for Violin and Clarinet’ and ‘Dancing with JSBach’. Eric Nathan and I attended the same music school in middle school and high school, so I have a personal connection to Eric and often program his music to mark special occasions. The completion of this season back on our home stage is definitely cause for celebration for the orchestra and me.
Bryan Braunlich, executive director of the WSO, echoed Devlin’s sentiment that the evening will be a celebration of what has been a remarkable season for the orchestra.
“In 2022, we were finally able to return to our Capitol Theater stage after a two-year disruption caused by the pandemic,” Braunlich said. “In just four months, we’ve had five concerts at the Capitol, and each one has been better than the last. We will also celebrate the members of the Wheeling Symphony Auxiliary whose support made this concert possible.
Guest artists Jackiw and Kim, who married in 2020, performed the world premiere of Nathan’s “Double Concerto for Violin and Clarinet” in 2019 and will resume their collaboration with the WSO on this piece.
Jackiw is one of America’s greatest violinists, captivating audiences with a playing that combines poetry and purity with impeccable technique. Praised for playing an “uncommon musical substance” which “is striking in its intelligence and sensitivity” (Boston Globe), Jackiw has performed as a soloist with the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco, among others.
Hailed by the New York Times for her “inexhaustible virtuosity”, clarinetist Yoonah Kim is quickly recognized as a young artist of uncommon musical depth and versatility. She is the winner of the 2016 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. In 2016, Yoonah became the first woman to win the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition’s top prize, leading to her world premiere of American composer Dag Gabrielsen’s Pocket Concerto at Music for All. National Festival in Indianapolis, presented by Yamaha. Earlier that year, she was a featured soloist at Juilliard’s Focus Festival, performing Donald Martino’s A Set for Clarinet at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater in New York.
Stegeman is concertmaster of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. She is also concertmaster of the Youngstown Symphony, associate concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra, has performed as guest concertmaster of the West Virginia Symphony and Johnstown Symphony, and performs frequently as a guest section violinist. of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Prior to moving to the East Coast, she was associate concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Opera Pacific, Los Angeles Opera, and other orchestras in the region.
She has also been a member of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and a recording studio violinist in hundreds of major