Wellsburg Native Contributes To Publication

Morgantown resident Dr. Marguerite Bostonia, who is originally from Wellsburg, is a contributing author to the first scholarly publication about the music of Arvo Part, an Estonian classical composer.

Bostonia related that the volume, “The Cambridge Companion to Arvo Part,” was compiled during academic conferences held in Boston and London for the composer’s 75th birthday. The book was released by Cambridge University Press in May.

The editor of the volume, Andrew Shenton of Boston University, stated, “Arvo Part is one of the most influential and widely performed contemporary composers … This collection of essays, written by a distinguished international group of scholars and performers, is the essential guide to Arvo Part and his music.”

Bostonia is senior lecturer in music at West Virginia Wesleyan College and serves on the community music faculty at WVU. In addition, she is director of music at Central United Methodist Church in Fairmont.

She holds music degrees from West Liberty State College and WVU. Bostonia said that support for her research came from the West Virginia Humanities Council.

Part, who has been called “one of the most prominent living composers of sacred music,” has worked in a minimalist style since the late 1970s.

Stanley Palmieri, a Pittsburgh native and graduate of West Virginia University College of Creative Arts, is one of the designers competing for the top prize in the seventh season of the HGTV reality show, “Design Star.”

The finalists in the one-hour series include professional interior designers, contractors, stylists and artists. The show airs at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

WVU officials said Palmieri faced elimination the first week, but rebounded in the second and third weeks and won the challenge of creating an office for Kris Jenner, reality TV star and mother and manager of the Kardashian family.

Palmieri uses custom sculptures and innovative wall installations to impress the judges and clientele, they said.

“My studies at WVU influenced me more as a formalist sculptor,” he told university officials. “I was working with a lot of metals while I was there and began forming my design style called ‘artistic industrial.'”

Palmieri received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from WVU and a Master of Fine Arts degree in combined media from the State University of New York at Albany.

It’s not too late to enjoy the final day of this year’s Chautauqua Homecoming Days and Bethesda Festival at Epworth Park in the village of Bethesda. The popular two-day celebration concludes today, July 15.

After a worship service in the park’s auditorium at 10:45 a.m., a spaghetti dinner will be served at noon. A “white elephant” sale, Antiques Under the Oaks, craft sales and train rides continue all afternoon. A classic auto show takes place from noon to 4 p.m..

The ever-popular tour of cottages will be offered from 1-4 p.m., when a few of the park residents open their cottages for viewing. Tickets for the tour may be purchased near the concession stand.

Entertainment in the auditorium begins at 2 p.m. with Almost Famous, an area band that performs bluegrass and gospel music.

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