The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra returns to Oglebay Park for Music Under the Stars, their annual Labor Day concert, on Sunday, September 3, at 7:30 pm. Featuring guest artists Jeans ‘n Classics, the evening’s performance is titled Shaken, Not Stirred: The Music of James Bond. Sponsored by The Elizabeth Stifel Kline Foundation¸ Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal, Oglebay, and the Musicians Performance Trust Fund, Music Under the Stars is free to attend.
WSO favorites Jeans ‘n Classics will join the orchestra to perform several selections made famous from James Bond films. Frequent collaborators of the WSO, Jeans ‘n Classics last performed with the WSO for the 2022 Music Under the Stars, where they performed the iconic Beatles’ album Abbey Road in its entirety. In addition, Jeans ‘n Classics star Gavin Hope, who performed during the WSO’s 2020 concert Soulful! A Celebration, will star alongside Rique Franks.
“It is such a joy to welcome back Jeans ‘n Classics, and particularly Gavin Hope,” says WSO Music Director John Devlin. “Every time we collaborate with them, our audiences have a fantastic time. I can’t wait to share the incredible music from six decades of great Bond films this weekend!”
Shaken, Not Stirred will feature well-known James Bond songs such as “Skyfall,” “Another Way to Die,” “You Only Live Twice,” and, of course, the James Bond theme song.
For those looking to extend their concertgoing experience, the WSO will host a Veranda Reception prior to the evening’s performance. Starting at 5 pm on the Burton Center Porch in Oglebay, Veranda guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks, beer, and wine while celebrating one of the WSO’s most beloved concerts. Tickets for the Veranda Reception are $75 and can be purchased at the WSO’s website or by calling 304-232-6191.
Each year, Music Under the Stars draws over 4,000 attendees. The preparation for such a large performance is vast and involves much teamwork and support from staff, volunteers, and local businesses and organizations. “Music Under the Stars is a Community Concert, which means it is a concert that anyone can attend free of charge,” says WSO Director of Institutional Advancement Tammi Secrist. “However, the success of these community events is due in large part to our concert partners who help make these events happen. We here at the WSO extend our sincere gratitude to the Elizabeth Stifel Kline Foundation, Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal, Oglebay, and the Musician’s Performance Trust Fund for their support of Music Under the Stars. We could not do it without you!”
“Our Community Concerts are such a joy to do, and Music Under the Stars is no exception,” says Devlin. “It is so exciting to look out on the hillside and see it filled with community members who want to hear the WSO perform. I know it will be yet another night to remember!”