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"His conducting is clear and precise, exact and energetic, his ideas are well formed."

St. Louis Post-Dispatch



Debut with BPO: Mendelssohn & Mozart

André Raphel will conduct the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in December. The concerts mark his debut with the BPO and the debut of French violinist, Arnaud Sussman.

The concerts on Decemeber 2 and 3 feature works by Mendelssohn & Mozart. Mr. Sussman plays the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto and André conducts Mozart's Symphony No. 41, "Jupiter". Read more at the link:


Symphony on Ice for the Holidays

On December 5th, André conducts the 2017 Symphony on Ice program. This Holiday favorite features professional figure skaters, Wheeling and Pittsburgh Skate Clubs, Middle and High School Choirs and the Wheeling Symphony. A community favorite, it's always a festive program at the Wes Banco Arena.


Two of a Kind in Mobile

In February 2018, André Raphel conducts the Mobile Symphony Orchestra in a program entitled "Two of a Kind." The program features works by Elgar and Haydn.

Zuill Bailey, cello will be featured as soloist playing the Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major. The concerts on February 24 and 25, 2018 open with Prokofiev: Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet and close with Elgar's Enigma Variations.


Music of Stravinsky and Danielpour highlight program

On November 9, André conducts the Wheeling Symphony in a concert that features orchestral soloists. The chamber orchestra program includes Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite. Also featured Richard Danielpour's Adagietto for String Orchestra, a work which André Raphel conducted the world premiere of with the WSO.

Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite
Bach: Double Concerto for Two Violins
Rachel Stegeman, violin
Juan Jaramillo, violin
Danielpour: Adagietto for String Orchestra
Mozart: Symphony No. 41


French and Russian works: Opening WSO Masterworks Concert

On October 12, André conducts the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra in a program pairing core French and Russian works. The opening Masterworks program features Stewart Goodyear as soloist. It will be the third collaboration on Russian repertoire with André as part of Goodyear's appearances in Wheeling.

Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2


Opening Pops with Blockbuster Broadway

André conducts the Wheeling Symphony on September 21 in the 2017/18 Opening Night Pops concert. The concert features Blockbuster Broadway with vocalists Kelli Rabke, Scott Coulter, Jessica Hendy and John Boswell, piano.

The program includes songs from Broadway's greatest shows including: CHICAGO, ANNIE, THE LION KING, WICKED, LES MISERABLES, JERSEY BOYS, CABARET, MAMMA MIA!, BEAUTIFUL, PIPPIN and THE SOUND OF MUSIC.

André Raphel with Blockbuster Broadway.


Pops Favorites and Film Music

On September 3, 2017 André leads the Wheeling Symphony in the Music Under the Stars concert. The concert on Labor Day Weekend features Pops Favorites and Film Music. The all-orchestral concert takes place in the Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater, Oglebay Park at 7:30 pm.

Highlights of the program include: Gershwin's An American in Paris, Schifrin's Mission Impossible, John Williams' Adventures on Earth from E.T., Elmer Bernstein's The Magnificent Seven and more!

André Raphel leads the Wheeling Symphony in the Music Under the Stars concert.


2017 Celebrate America Tour


The Celebrate America Tour with the Wheeling Symphony was a great success! The four city July tour program featured vocalist Hugh Panaro singing Broadway favorites from The Music Man, Phantom of the Opera, Chess and more. André led the orchestra in Patriotic favorites and American music.

Here's the link to an article about the concert in Clarksburg: "Celebrate America" goes out with a Bang with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra


On Tour: Beethoven Lives Upstairs

The Wheeling Symphony presents its annual Young People's Concert Tour May 1-3, 2017. This year's program features the return of the immensely popular Beethoven Lives Upstairs with Classical Kids Live.

Dates and cities for the tour are:

May 1: Washington, PA
May 2: Rayland, OH
May 3: Wheeling, WV


San Antonio Symphony at The Tobin Center

André Raphel led the San Antonio Symphony in a program celebrating the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. The January 2017 program featured inspirational anthems, spirituals as well as uplifting works from the standard repertoire.

This community concert took place at The Tobin Center and also featured the MLK Mass Choir; Jerome Roberson, director.

Johnson/arr. Smith: Lift Every Voice and Sing
Coleridge-Taylor: Danse Négre
Hailstork: Everytime I Feel the Spirit from Three Spirtituals for Orchestra
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, 2nd movement
"Jesus Is My Rock"
"Psalm 117"
"More Abundantly"
Coleridge-Taylor: La Caprice de Nannette
Sowande: Joyful Day
Ellington/arr. Gould: Solitude
Hailstork: Oh Freedom
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, 3rd and 4th movements


Film Music of John Williams

The music of legendary film composer John Williams was featured on this Wheeling Symphony Pops program during the 2016-17 season. For the concert entitled Star Wars & More, André Raphel conducted memorable music from the movies Jaws, ET, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Harry Potter.

Williams: The Cowboys Overture
Williams: The Shark Theme from Jaws
Williams: Excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Williams: Superman March
Williams: Theme from Schindler's List
Rachel Stegeman, violin
Williams: Adventures on Earth from ET
Williams: Raiders March from Raiders of the Lost Ark
Williams/arr. Custer: Highlights from Jurrasic Park
Williams/arr. Brubaker: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Symphonic Suite
Williams: Star Wars
The Imperial March
Yoda's Theme
Throne Room and Finale


Review from Bachtrack for French Festival program

André led a French Festival concert in May which included works by Chabrier, Fauré and Berlioz. Also featured Kenneth Fuchs' new Piano Concerto "Spiritualist".

Of Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, the Bachtrack review noted "the music was terrifically exciting even as Raphel exerted perfect control over the proceedings." Read the complete review at the following link:


NBC10 @ Issue in Philadelphia with Tracy Davidson

Catch a conversation with Tracy Davidson on NBC10 @Issue from Philadelphia on December 20th at 11:30 am. Tracy and André talk about classical music and how to keep it vibrant.


André featured on commemorative CD with The Philadelphia Orchestra
Honoring the Dream
William Grant Still (1895-1978)
from Symphony No. 1 ("Afro-American):

I. Moderato assai
IV. Lento, con risoluzione

André Raphel Conductor


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