WHEELING - With the National Symphony Orchestra set to take the Capitol Theatre stage at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, City Council members do not want to miss the show.
"It is such an honor for our city to have them come. ... I already bought my tickets," Councilwoman Gloria Delbrugge said of the orchestra.
Council generally meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Due to the orchestra's performance, however, council will meet at 6 p.m. this coming Tuesday in City Council Chambers on the second floor of the City-County Building, 1500 Chapline St.
The strings section of the National Symphony Orchestra performs. The orchestra will play at Wheeling’s Capitol Theatre on Tuesday.
"This is not something that happens every day," Delbrugge added. "They have never been here, and this is absolutely terrific."
The show is part of the symphony's 2010 American Residency program. This will lead the group to perform at numerous sites throughout West Virginia this year.
Dennis Magruder, executive director of the Greater Wheeling Sports and Entertainment Authority, said this is a "big deal" for the city.
"We have sold some more tickets, but we still have plenty of great seats available," he noted.
Those wishing to purchase tickets should call 304-233-4470 or go to www.capitoltheatrewheeling.com.
Magruder said because the orchestra will take no fee for its performance, there is a chance for the event to raise some funds for the ongoing Capitol improvement project.
"Any profits from this show will go right back into the theater," he said.
Councilman James Tiu stressed that the city must show an appreciation for the arts.
"It is fantastic that they are coming," he added regarding the orchestra.
In addition to the Capitol show, the orchestra will perform several concerts around the state in April: