The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and the Capitol Theatre are committed to providing an environment that is inclusive and welcoming to all patrons. Learn more about our accessible services.

1. Getting There

The historic Capitol Theatre is located at 1015 Main Street, Wheeling, West Virginia—just South of Interstate 70.  Parking is available in the 10th Street Garage and at several surface parking lots near the theatre.


2. Explore Wheeling

Make the most of your visit to Wheeling.  Visit for dining, lodging and other recommendations.   


3. Before the Concert

Concert Talk is an intriguing and informative look at the evening’s repertoire and themes, featuring guest artists, the Music Director and/or Assistant Conductor.  Concert talk is free to all ticket holders and begins one hour before each Masterworks performance in the Capitol Theater Ballroom.  No advance reservations are needed—come and go as you please.  Questions from the audience are welcome and encouraged.


The Capitol Theatre

1015 Main Street, Wheeling, WV 26003, USA


More than anything, we want you to be comfortable so you can enjoy the music! Some people love dressing up and going out—so if you choose to do this, you won’t be the only one. You’ll also see many people dressed casually in sweaters, jeans and khakis.

Phones on and silent allowed.

Non-flash photography is permitted only during moments of applause.

Audio and video recording is not allowed.

Please be mindful that the use of smartphones and other devices during concerts can be distracting to others.

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Most concerts run about 2 hours, including a 15–20-minute intermission. Check any concert’s page for a more specific estimate.

Our Student Ushers, identified by their red sashes, will greet you and help you find your seat.

We recommend that you arrive 45 minutes to an hour before the scheduled performance begins. This will allow adequate time for parking, picking up tickets, visiting the restroom and finding your seat. 

In consideration of the comfort and listening pleasure of the audience, patrons who arrive after the concert begins are asked to wait at the back of the hall until an appropriate pause between pieces.

The short answer: Applaud when you feel moved to do so. The longer answer: many pieces of music are divided into sections (“movements”), so if you aren’t sure if it’s over, wait for others to start clapping and join in.

Why two pieces of advice? Well, the rituals around applause changed over time. In Mozart’s day, the audience was rather rowdy—clapping, talking, and even shouting during the performance. Sometime in the 20th century, this changed, and audiences clapped only at the end of the entire piece of music. (And then clapped for a long time.) This is still the convention today at most orchestras around the world, though our policy is if you have an emotional reaction to the music and need to express it, do it. The musicians are playing their hearts out for you, and your applause means everything to them.