NEW?MARTINSVILLE?- The 2014-15 Concert Series sponsored by ArtsLink, Inc. features classical instrumentalists, multi-cultural dance productions, a tribute to the music of Peter, Paul & Mary, and traditional Irish music.
Season tickets for the concerts are now on sale through ArtsLink, the arts council for Wetzel and Tyler counties.
The six-concert series will begin Sept. 11 with a concert by Montclaire String Quartet at 7:30 p.m. at St. Ann's Episcopal Church on Maple Avenue in New Martinsville.
The Montclaire String Quartet is the Quartet-in-Residence of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing its own concert series in Charleston and recitals around the state, each of the Quartet members serves as the principal of the Symphony's string sections. This residency is in memory of former ArtsLink President and long-time member Pat Block, and is sponsored by Libby Dean of New Martinsville.
A free concert Oct. 16 at Tyler Consolidated High School features Illstyle & Peace Productions that celebrates the art and movement of hip-hop and includes a funky blend of locking, breaking, popping, tap and house dancing, vocal percussions, and DJing, while blending modern and traditional dance forms. The 7:30 p.m. concert is presented by the Stealey Community Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, Inc.
The traditional Valentine's concert on Feb. 14 will showcase the music of Peter, Paul & Mary, as interpreted by A Band Called Honalee. A modern-day folk trio inspired by the legacy of Peter, Paul & Mary, their show also features the music of Bob Dylan, The Mamas & The Papas, The Byrds, Simon & Garfunkel, and others from the 1960s folk/rock era. The event, which includes a 6:30 p.m. artists' lecture followed by the 7:30 p.m. performance, will also feature a smorgasbord of gourmet desserts. The venue will be the Lewis Wetzel Family Center in New Martinsville. Mensore Distributing of New Martinsville is the event sponsor.
Gerald Lee will return for his fourth Concert Series appearance on March 15 at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church of New Martinsville. Lee is an associate professor of piano at West Liberty University, where he earned the 2007-08 Excellence in Professional Activity Award. He will teach a master class for piano students following the concert, which is sponsored by New Martinsville Attorney Logan Hassig.
Traditional Irish music will be the theme for an April 9 concert at the Lincoln Theater in New Martinsville. Poor Clares will take the stage at 7:30 p.m., led by Patrick O'Flaherty. The group, based in Lewisburg, W.Va., had its second album, "Change of Habit," reach the national charts. This show is sponsored by Sen. and Mrs. Larry Edgell of New Martinsville.
The West Virginia University African Drum & Dance Ensemble will perform at 3 p.m. April 19 at the Lincoln Theater as the final event of the 2014-15 series. The percussion ensemble focuses its repertoire on the traditional and contemporary music of Africa that grew out of Diaspora, the involuntary displacement of Africans during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. This concert is sponsored by Phillips' Pharmacy of Sistersville.
Season ticket prices for 2014-15 remain the same as last year. For ArtsLink members, tickets are $45 for individuals and $90 for families; for non-members, $60 for individuals and $120 for families.
"By purchasing a family season ticket, you save $30 over the single event ticket price; an individual season ticket will save you $15," said Miranda Stokes, ArtsLink president.
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