Concert Series Resumes Today

The Stained Glass Concert Series at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 13th and Eoff streets, Wheeling, resumes with a voice recital at 3 p.m. today, Feb. 19.

Featured performers will be David J. Rudari, baritone, assistant professor of music at Bethany College and director of music for the cathedral; Sun Jung Lee, piano, distinguished lecturer in music at Bethany College, and Casey R. Gray, tenor, a graduate student in the School of Music, State University of New York College at Fredonia. Gray, a Wheeling native, completed his undergraduate studies at Bethany College.

There will be no admission charge, but a free-will offering will be taken at the door for the benefit of Catholic Charities’ 18th Street Center in Wheeling.

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An opening reception for a great new exhibition drew a large crowd of art lovers to West Liberty University’s Nutting Gallery Wednesday evening, Feb. 15.

The exhibition, titled “Bones, Slices and Clay,” features the photographic collages of Bernie Peace of Wheeling, pottery and clay pieces by Aaron Anslow of Bethany and paintings by Mike Egan of Aliquippa, Pa. The show continues through Thursday, March 8.

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Wheeling native Sean Hennen, a staff writer for the hit CBS drama, “Person of Interest,” is scheduled to have another one of his episodes aired.

The second episode that Hennen has written for the series’ first season is slated to be shown at 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23. The first episode that he penned was aired earlier in the season.

Hennen, son of Sherry and Mike Hennen of Wheeling, lives and works in Los Angeles, but travels occasionally to New York, where the drama is filmed. He is a graduate of Linsly School and Elon University.

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When the new mini-series, “The Men Who Built America,” is shown on the History Channel, area viewers are likely to see some familiar faces.

Filming for the History Channel’s project has taken place in Wheeling and other Northern Panhandle cities, as well as at locations in the Eastern Panhandle. A number of area actors were chosen for speaking roles or to appear as extras in crowd scenes.

Luke Hardt, associate professor of theater and chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Bethany College, reportedly has a principal role in the upcoming mini-series.We’re told that Hardt wss selected to play the leader of the Pinkertons, Bill Heinde, in an episode re-enacting the Homestead (Pa. ) riots.

In the college’s online Old Main Journal, Bethany colleague Katherine Shelek-Furbee stated wryly, “You may not recognize him (Hardt) as he is bearded, toting a gun and pistol-whipping a striker. He’s back to normal now.”

Meanwhile, Wheeling resident Leonard Rycerz, who has appeared as an extra in a number of regionally-made films, also was picked for the History Channel’s mini-series. Rycerz said he plays a steelworker who tries to protect his fellow workers.

Rycerz said he participated in filming scenes at the old LaBelle Nail Plant in Wheeling and at a former Weirton Steel site. It was his first experience of acting in front of a green screen for action sequences. “I really learned a lot off this,” he remarked.

“We had a good crew and a good cast,” Rycerz said. “Everyone worked hard together.”

While broadcast dates haven’t been announced for “The Men Who Built America,” Rycerz thinks the mini-series may debut in March.

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