Composer Receives Carnegie Honor

Wheeling native Charlie Wilmoth, a composer, musician and teacher who now lives in Columbus, received another prestigious honor when Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute commissioned him to write a concert piece.

Wilmoth and his family traveled to New York City recently to attend the world premiere performance of his concert piece at Abrons Arts Center Playhouse. The performance was part of Carnegie Hall’s “American Mavericks” concert series. Wilmoth is the son of Becky and Bill Wilmoth of Wheeling.

A group of musicians called Alarm Will Sound performed Wilmoth’s work, “Still Life With Benzedrine and CNN.” Wilmoth received positive reviews for the concert piece.

We’ll share more information about Wilmoth in an upcoming edition of the Sunday News-Register.

There is more good news for another Wheeling native, screenwriter Sean Hennen, who has been rehired to write for the second season of the hit CBS drama, “Person of Interest.”

Hennen has been part of the drama’s writing team since the show premiered last fall. To date, he has received sole writing credit for two episodes of the series.

A graduate of Linsly School and Elon University, Hennen is the son of Sherry and Mike Hennen of Wheeling. He lives and works in Los Angeles, but travels occasionally to New York City, where “Person of Interest” is filmed.

Congratulations also are extended to Timberly Robinson, a student at the Lyceum Academy in Wheeling, who was selected as a finalist in the state Poetry Out Loud competition last month.

Another Northern Panhandle student, Mackenzie Roberts from Magnolia High School, was a semi-finalist in the state event.

Bruce McCuskey, a senior at Nitro High School, won the West Virginia competition. He will represent the state in the Poetry Out Loud national recitation contest May 13-15.

West Virginia native Chris Sarandon, star of screen, theater and television, served as emcee for the state contest. Amber Tamblyn, special guest poet and actress, performed during the final competition in Charleston.

The Wheeling Arts and Cultural Commission’s new “Evening with the Arts” program got off to a fine start at the Ohio County Public Library Thursday evening, April 19.

Travis Henline, site manager of West Virginia Independence Hall, gave an excellent performance for the series’ inaugural event. He offered an outstanding portrayal of Francis H. Pierpont, governor of the Restored Government of Virginia during the Civil War.

Remaining in character, Henline demonstrated his knowledge of Pierpont and the times in Wheeling as he answered deftly the unrehearsed questions posed by audience members. Later, when he stepped out of character, he admitted that he had not been anticipating historian Kate Quinn’s query regarding the problem of Union soldiers frequenting prostitutes in the city during wartime.

Meanwhile, the “Evening with the Arts” series will continue at 7 p.m. Monday, April 30, when Jeremy Richter of the Independent Theater Collective will lead a reading of a new original play in the library’s auditorium.

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