West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.


West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.


West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.


West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.


West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.


Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.


Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Canaan Valley State Park Hosts Wheeling Symphony July 6

DAVIS, W.Va – The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra will perform at the 23rd Annual Celebration of the Arts on Saturday July 6, at Canaan Valley Resort State Park. Featuring Music Director Andre Raphel, the Symphony will begin this free concert at 3 p.m. with Chris Tedesco as special guest artist. The afternoon song list features well-known favorites, including Smith’s “Star Spangled Banner,” Sousa’s “The Thunderer” and “Stars and Stripes Forever,” Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” and Ward’s “America the Beautiful,” to name a few.

The concert will take place at a natural outdoor amphitheater at the resort’s ski area. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and protection from the sun. The natural, gently sloping outdoor venue is surrounded by forest and temperatures can be 10 to 12 degrees cooler than the surrounding region.

For additional information, contact the Tucker County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 304-259-5315 or visit www.canaanvalley.org.

About Music Director Andrea Raphel Smith

Born André Raphel Smith in Durham, N.C., he began formal music lessons at age 11. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami and pursued further study at Yale University, where he earned his master’s degree. While at Yale, he began conducting studies with Otto-Werner Mueller. He continued studies with Mueller at The Curtis Institute of Music, earning a diploma in conducting and at The Juilliard School, where he was awarded the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship and received an advanced certificate in orchestral conducting.

Raphel is the recipient of numerous honors and awards that attest to his artistry. In 2010, The Philadelphia Orchestra issued a special commemorative CD featuring William Grant Still’s Symphony No.1 with Raphel conducting. In 2006, he received the Distinguished Service Award from Yale University. In 2004, he was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from West Liberty University. Raphel has received honorary commendations from the cities of Philadelphia and Saint Louis. In 2001, he was awarded the “Order of the Long Leaf Pine” by the North Carolina Senate. The award, presented annually, is the state’s highest honor for a civilian.

About Chris Tedesco

Special Guest Artist Chris Tedesco has distinguished himself as a one of the top call trumpet players on the music scene in Los Angeles since 1987. Equally at home performing jazz or classical trumpet, chamber music or orchestral pieces, Chris’ sound has been heard on numerous recordings for movies, TV shows, TV commercials, CD recordings and live dates with some of the biggest names in the industry. Some recent credits on Los Angeles studio scene include the Christina Aguilera movie “Burlesque,” The “Green Lantern” cartoon series, 10 songs for TV’s “The Playboy Club,” Disneyland’s Main Street Music with Dean Mora, American Idol iTunes download sessions, and many more recordings.

Chris is the leader of the Angel City Horns, which have recorded the hit tunes "Don’t Cha Wish” for the Pussy Cat Dolls, and Christina Aguilera’s “Candyman” and “Nasty Naughty Boy.”

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Canaan Valley State Park