Wilmoth’s Work To Be Performed

Charlie Wilmoth, a musician and composer from Wheeling, will have one of his compositions performed at Symphony Space in New York City this month.

Wilmoth’s work will be played on a program at Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, when Red Light New Music presents “a night of variations on the theme of classical music.”

Promotional material for the concert states, “The evening will be closed by Charlie Wilmoth’s invigorating and visceral piece, ‘Red Light.'”

Wilmoth, son of Bill and Becky Wilmoth of Wheeling, is a featured composer for Red Light New Music. According to the organization’s website, “Red Light New Music is a New York-based ensemble, concert series and composers collective dedicated to presenting exciting and original contemporary music from musicians around the world. We perform, present and compose works that are both avant-garde and visceral, challenging and edifying – we strive to present works which both expand and enrich what the word music means.”

A biographical sketch of Wilmoth on the Red Light New Music website states, “Charlie Wilmoth’s music combines unusual sounds with jagged, uneven repetitions and jarring juxtapositions that are often inspired by the way humans deal with technology, information and religion.”

Wilmoth is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, where he studied philosophy and music, and holds a master’s degree in composition from Wesleyan University. He is pursuing a doctorate at the University of California, San Diego.

Several musicians have played his compositions. According to his biography, he has played “notated music on the viola” with new music groups, has participated in festivals and has been an artist-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. “Wilmoth tours regularly with his rock group, FOX Japan, and plays with the GO Duo, a country cover band. He is also a freelance writer and is a contributing editor for Dusted Magazine,” according to the website page.

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It was great to see the enthusiastic response to the visit by the World War II veteran LST-325 that docked at Wheeling’s Heritage Port for several days before heading north on the Ohio River to Pittsburgh (where the landing ship can be viewed and toured this weekend). People of all ages turned out to view and tour the LST-325 during its docking in Wheeling. By all accounts, the crew members were kind and gracious to visitors, particularly to Navy veterans of World War II who were thanked profusely for their brave service.

Meanwhile, Joe Osso, 76, of Yorkville has offered a possible clue to the mystery of the LST anchor that was found, a decade ago, stuck in the mud near Pike Island.

In an e-mail message sent kindly by Osso, he wrote, “Sometime during the summer of 1946, an LST ship on its way down from Pittsburgh docked in the area that is now the Pike Island Locks & Dam. The landing was cleared just a short way from where the Deep Run creek empties into the river. Trees were cut and an area for viewing was visible from the bank of the river. My sister, Jenny Osso, was working at the old Blaw Knox in Wheeling at that time as a gun inspector. These employees were allowed to board the ship to view the parts they helped work on for these fabulous ships. The public was not allowed to board the ships as security was still prevalent at that time (although somewhat lax).”

Osso, who was 12 years old then, recalled, “At that time, the river level was much higher than it is now, which is why it could dock so close to the shore.” He speculated that perhaps the anchor got stuck in the mud on the riverbed or the hoist might have broken.

As noted last week, the initials LST stand for Landing, Ship, Tank, but Osso said that some people called it Landing, Support, Troopship.

On a related note, Robert Troeger of Wheeling wrote, “When my dear sister Linda Suzanne Troeger was born, there was an article in the Ambridge (Pa.) newspaper about the LSTs and Linda’s coincidental monogram because my dad was working with them and supervising their construction at the American Bridge Co.”

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The current exhibition, “Wheeling Then & Now,” at the Wheeling Artisan Center’s Loft Gallery opened with a lovely reception last weekend. The display of photographs of scenes of Wheeling, past and present, is a companion exhibit to a new book by author Sean Patrick Duffy and photographer Paul Rinkes.

Both Duffy and Rinkes were on hand at the reception, signing copies of their new book. Also attending the festivities were members of their families, several people who are featured in the book, contributors of old photos and members of the local arts community.

The exhibit remains on view, free of charge, through Thursday, Sept. 30. In addition, Duffy will give a presentation on “Wheeling Then & Now” for the Lunch With Books series at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling at noon Tuesday, Sept. 7; that event also is free and open to the public.

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