Music is definitely in the air in the Upper Ohio Valley!
As the school year nears its conclusion, it's time for spring concerts, both at the secondary and collegiate levels. Chamber music concerts and other musical programs also are on the schedule this week, as readers will discover by perusing the pages of today's Life section. Let the music play!
The Wheeling Symphony marked the end and the beginning of two seasons Friday evening, May 11. The final concert of the 2011-12 season, a Masterworks performance featuring guest violinist Livia Sohn, was presented at the Capitol Theatre. Then, at a post-concert reception in the Capitol ballroom, orchestra officials announced plans for the 2012-13 season.
In another musical note, we're saddened to report the conclusion of the Jazz at the Library series that was offered monthly over the past one and a half years at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling.
Series founder Stan Barkin of Wheeling announced that, in his absence, Doug and Susannah Wayt conducted the 16th and last jazz session Thursday, May 3.
Barkin, who has been ailing, ended the Jazz at the Library series on a positive note. "It has been a marvelous journey of 16 weeks of jazz covering many genres. There seemed to be something at each session that individuals found enjoyable," he commented.
Members of the Ohio Valley's Polish community, as well as area residents with roots in other eastern European countries, turned out in large numbers to attend Peter and Laura Zeranski's presentation on their cookbook, "Polish Classic Recipes," at a Lunch With Books session in the Ohio County Public Library's auditorium Tuesday, May 8.
A total of 105 people were in attendance to hear the Zeranskis speak and to sample Polish cuisine from authentic recipes contained in the book. Many audience members also bought copies of the new cookbook.
Peter Zeranski related that, at the event in Wheeling, he and his wife set a personal attendance record for their presentation and a "personal best" for the number of books sold.
Kudos also go out to Sean Duffy, programming coordinator for the library, and to his mother and her helpers for coordinating and serving the Polish food samples to all of the guests at Lunch With Books.
Peter Zeranski and his family moved from Canada to Bethel Park, Pa., when he was in sixth grade. His wife, Laura, grew up in Plum Borough, Pa. Noting their familiarity with the Wheeling area, he recalled visits to Oglebay Park. The couple now lives in retirement in Alexandria, Va.
Among those in the audience for the library program was Wheeling resident Diane McCulloch, who went to high school with Peter Zeranski in Bethel Park. She was delighted to see her classmate again.
Niekoli "Nicco" Mills, a Glenville State College sophomore from New Cumberland, has been selected as the college's Pioneer mascot for the 2012-13 school year.
A graduate of Oak Glen High School, Mills is majoring in criminal justice at Glenville and is a member of the school's track and field team.
Mills is the son of Munch and Dineen Mills of New Cumberland.