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ArtsLink Will Begin Their New Season With ‘Divas’

September 18, 2013
Wetzel Chronicle

ArtsLink, Inc. has announced the 2013-14 Concert Series line-up. This season has something for everyone! A variety of musical performances are slated along with a stellar production of one of Shakespeare's great comedies.

Season tickets are available by calling 304-455-2278, e-mailing artslink@artslinkwv.org, or by writing to 141 Main Street, New Martinsville, WV 26155. The season ticket prices remain the same as last year; for ArtsLink members: $45 individual and $90 family. ArtsLink President Eric Vincent comments, "By purchasing a Family Season Ticket, you save $30 over the single event ticket price; an Individual Season Ticket will save you $15!" For non-members, $60 individual and $120 family.

Kickstarting the series will be the Jammin' Divas set to perform Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Theater on Main Street in New Martinsville. The Jammin' Divas perform traditional and contemporary original folk music from Ireland, Australia, and the USA. Through stunning three-part harmonies bedded against the plush melodic landscape of the flute and double bass, they draw the audience into an experience that transcends three continents' history by sharing songs and stories of how each country culturally influences and enriches one another. This tour of the Jammin' Divas is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. This residency is sponsored by Fawn Price.

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The Jammin’ Divas kick off ArtsLink’s 2013-14 Concert Series season on Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Theater in New Martinsville.

Then on Oct. 3 The Dali Quartet will perform at St. Ann's Episcopal Church, located at 453 Maple Avenue in New Martinsville, at 7:30 p.m. The Dali Quartet's captivating performances of traditional string quartet and Latin-American repertoire create an extraordinary concert experience that takes listeners on an eclectic journey of rhythm and sound. In the spirit of famed Spanish artist Salvador Dali, the Dali Quartet embraces imagination and excellence as central to its art form. This program is sponsored by Elizabeth Dean.

The Lincoln Theater will host Three Blind Mice at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 7. Heralded as one of the "tightest bands in Philly," this modern jazz organ trio features Victor North on saxophones, Lucas Brown on organ, and Wayne Smith Jr. on drums. Their unique sound features original music and a large repertoire of such great jazz composers as John Coltrane. This program is sponsored by Phillips Pharmacy.

ArtsLink's annual Valentine's Concert and Dessert Smorgasbord will be held Feb. 15 at the Lewis Wetzel Family Center and will feature Grammy-winning duo Helen Bruner and Terry Jones. A pre-performance lecture will be held at 6:30 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Bruner and Jones have worked together as singers, songwriters, and producers. Their live show is a fusion of soul, pop, and rhythm and blues, offering an intense and energetic performance. This Valentine's event, featuring a smorgasbord of gourmet desserts, is sponsored by Mensore Distributing.

In the spring, Sistersville's Wells Inn will host guitarist Tim Farrell. Farrell is an award-winning musician, performer, recording artist, and composer whose intricate finger-picking guitar style expresses an elegant simplicity that captures the pure beauty of the acoustic guitar. This concert is slated for March 10 at 7:30 p.m. and is sponsored by Senator and Mrs. Larry Edgell.

Lastly, ArtsLink will conclude its series with the National Players' production of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors on March 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Theater in New Martinsville. The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare's shortest play, is a raucous tale of mistaken identity and twins separated at birth. The National Players is America's longest running touring company. The school activities at Tyler Consolidated High School are sponsored by the Stealey Community Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, Inc.

Support for these programs made possible with financial assistance from West Virginia Northern Community College, The City of New Martinsville Parks & Recreation Commission, WETZ/ WYMJ/ WNRJ Radio, Ohio Valley Online, the Wells Inn, and donations from members and friends. Grant funding provided by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

Additional support for Dali String Quartet, Three Blind Mice, and Helen Bruner & Terry Jones received from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by The Heinz Endowments; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; and the Pew Charitable Trusts; and administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible. Persons with special needs may contact them at 304-455-2278 to request assistance.

 
 

 

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