Duo to Present ‘Full Circle’ Program For Thursday Music Club

Photo Provided Ben Podolski and Debbie Breiding are dedicating their Thursday Music Club presentation to the honor of their parents, Walter and Betty Podolski, shown here on their 50th wedding anniversary.

WHEELING — Violinist Ben Podolski and pianist Debbie Breiding will entertain the Thursday Music Club at Stifel Fine Arts Center, 1330 National Road, at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Dr. George and Carol Couch and Dr. Clyde and Joan Campbell are the sponsors of this month’s entertainment.

President Geri Sloane will conduct a short business after which lunch will be served by caterer Judi Porterfield. There is a fee for lunch and reservations are required. To make a reservation, call Emily Mayer at 304-232-1714 or 304-780-4155 by Monday.

Marilyn Hart and Margaret Laing will greet guests and members. Suzanne McCormick will be in charge of table decorations.

This month’s program combines the talents of Podolski and Breiding. The brother and sister duo will present violin and piano selections that have proven to be audience favorites whenever they have performed together for school, church and community events throughout the years.

They are calling their program “Full Circle” as they play to honor their parents, Walter and Betty Podolski, who encouraged their musical studies and to acknowledge the Thursday Music Club of Wheeling which helped to foster the musical education of their youth with the annual auditions that the club continues to sponsor.

They also have invited their sister, Teresa Cybulski, to join them on the program. She retired recently as a music educator from the Buckeye Local school system. She is a graduate of West Liberty University.

Podolski furthered his music education at the Dana School of Music of Youngstown State University where he earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Currently, he serves as conductor of the Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra and is a teacher of strings for Ohio County Schools at Wheeling Park High School.

Breiding earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University. Currently, she is an accompanist and secondary piano instructor at West Liberty University and music director at both Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church and Corpus Christi Catholic Church.

Meanwhile, the Thursday Music Club’s study group will meet at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1409 Chapline St., at 1 p.m. Monday. Mayer is the presenter and Judy Szymialis is the hostess. For more information, call Lynn Welsh at 304-277-4730.

The club’s chorus has started practicing for a spring concert in April. Anita Chops is the director and Breiding is the accompanist. They practice at Elm Grove Methodist Church, 125 Kruger St., from 10 a.m. to noon every Wednesday. For more information, call Chops at 304-242-1455.


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