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Capathia Jenkins returns to Wheeling tonight to perform with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and Maestro John Devlin for a celebration of the music of the great Ella Fitzgerald. (Photo provided)

WHEELING — American Broadway superstar Capathia Jenkins will return to the Ohio Valley for the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s “Ladies of the Great American Songbook” concert tonight, Friday, April 15, as part of the WesBanco Concert Series Capitol.

The orchestra will be led by Music Director John Devlin and will feature vocal performances by Jenkins, alongside Grammy-nominated musical artist Carla Cook.

The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will celebrate the music of Ella Fitzgerald, “The First Lady of Song,” and feature many of her Great American Songbook hits, including “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain ‘t Got That Swing)”, “How High the Moon”, “I Got Rhythm”, “Summertime”, “A Tisket, A-Tasket”, “Satin Doll”, “Bewitched” and many more favorites.

“My very first gig at the Capitol Theater as Music Director of the WSO featured Capathia Jenkins performing the hits of Aretha Franklin, and I can’t wait to perform with her again,” said Devlin. “Looking back at the photos taken that night in 2019, I find myself smiling ear to ear and the audience dancing in the aisles behind me! The Wheeling community loved Capathia and we wanted to bring her back to our town as soon as possible. I look forward to teaming up with Capathia and Carla for what is sure to be an evening to remember!”

Jenkins is a Brooklyn-born and raised actress and singer who recently starred as Medda in Disney’s hit production “Newsies on Broadway.” She made her Broadway debut in “The Civil War,” where she originated the role of Harriet Jackson. She then starred in the 2000 Off-Broadway revival of “Godspell”, where she wowed audiences with her soulful rendition of “Turn Back, O Man”, which can still be heard on the original cast recording.

An active concert performer, Jenkins has performed with orchestras around the world, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony (with Marvin Hamlisch), National Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, and Seattle Symphony to name a few. only a few.

His TV credits include ’30 Rock’, ‘The Practice’, ‘Law Order SVU’, ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Law Order’. She can be seen in the 2012 film Musical Chairs directed by Susan Seidelman. She can be heard on the movie soundtracks for “Nine”, “Chicago” and “Legally Blonde 2”.

Cook’s remarkable voice earned him a Grammy nomination for his debut album, “It’s All About Love,” and widespread critical acclaim for his two subsequent recordings, “Dem Bones” and “Simply Natural.” Over an extraordinary career, Cook has performed or recorded as a guest artist with such luminaries as the Count Basie Orchestra and Lionel Hampton’s Big Band. She originated the lead vocal role in Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s The Cotton Club Parade at City Center. And in 2011, she was the star singer of the famous Jazz Sinfonica, an 82-piece orchestra performing in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The Capitol Concert Series is presented by Wesbanco, Inc. “Ladies of the Great American Songbook” is supported by sponsors Johnathan and Jessica Bedway, Felton CPA, Lea Ridenhour, Eriks Janelsins and Jean Holloway.

Tickets can be purchased by phone at 304-232-6191, by email at boxoffice@wheelingsymphony.com or in person at the box office, located at 1025 Main St., Suite 811, Wheeling.



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