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Wheeling Woman Named Music Educator Of the Year

April 3, 2011
Linda Comins

Congratulations are in order for Wheeling resident Gladys Mitch, who has been selected as the West Virginia Vocal Association's music educator of the year.

Mitch is the choir director at Wheeling Park High School and the West Virginia All-State Chorus chair.

The honor was bestowed upon Mitch at the West Virginia Music Educators Conference in Huntington last weekend. Her colleague in Park's vocal music department, Leslie Garrett, said, "There was great rejoicing all around and we are quite proud of her accomplishments."

Area music fans today can hear a couple of Wheeling natives singing "across the pond."

This week's edition of the West Virginia-produced, internationally-syndicated "Mountain Stage" show features performances by Wheeling native Mollie O'Brien and her husband, Rich Moore, and by her brother, Wheeling's own Tim O'Brien.

"Mountain Stage" will be broadcast on West Virginia Public Radio from 3-5 p.m. today, April 3, and repeated from 8-10 p.m. Saturday, April 9.

The show was recorded earlier at the Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland. In addition to the O'Briens and Moore, the show from Scotland features singers Mavis Staples, Dougie MacLean and Joy Kills Sorrow.

Dancers from the Oglebay Institute School of Dance in Wheeling have been selected to perform at the 29th annual West Virginia Dance Festival in Charleston next weekend.

The OI troupe, directed by Cheryl Pompeo, is one of 19 West Virginia dance groups scheduled to appear in a program in the Culture Center's Norman L. Fagan West Virginia State Theater, beginning at 7:45 p.m Saturday, April 9. In addition, guest artists Misty Copeland and Sascha Radetsky will dance Frederick Ashton's "Thais Pas de Deux" and Twyla Tharp's "Sinatra Suite" during the Saturday performance.

Another 21 Mountain State dance groups will perform at 7:45 p.m. Friday, April 8.

The evening performances are free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

The West Virginia Dance Festival, presented by the state Division of Culture and History, features dance professionals leading workshops and classes, performance situations and a focus on dance as an art form. Organizers said that 41 dance groups, consisting of more than 400 dancers, will participate in this year's festival.

Area opera fans have an opportunity to "see" a Metropolitan Opera performance live on the big screen next weekend. Some opera buffs also may get to watch the opera production for free.

A performance of Gioachino Rossini's opera, "Le Comte Ory," being presented on the stage of the Met in New York City will be broadcast simultaneously in high definition live in selected locations at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 9. In this region, the simulcast will be shown at the Hollywood Stadium 12 in Granville/Morgantown and at Cinemark Theatres in Robinson Township, Pa., Pittsburgh Mills Mall and Monaca, Pa.

A limited number of free passes are available for West Virginians only by calling Mona Seghatoleslami at 305-556-4923 or contacting her by e-mail at mseghatoleslami@wvpubcast.org.

An encore performance of "Le Comte Ory" will be shown in the Pittsburgh theaters at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27.

Linda Comins can be reached via e-mail at: Comins@news-register.net

 
 

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