December 13, 2013 7:30 pm | $8.00
Anna and Elizabeth build shows around a specific theme, each year, with new stories and songs they’ve collected. These pieces are then woven together in captivating, handcrafted shadow puppetry and scrolling illustrations they call “crankies.”
Their music is raw and sparse—the product of immersing themselves as deep as they can in the tradition, spending time visiting the old (and young) masters and folklorists, visiting relatives of musicians gone by and digging into the archives.
Anna and Elizabeth’s artwork draws from a wide range of theatrical and folk inspirations that result in papercuts, shadow puppets, papier mache puppets, and their quilted and collaged storytelling scrolls. (more…)
February 22, 2014 7:30 pm | $8
Opry Night at the Opera House has come to showcase some of the best musical talent from Pocahontas County and the surrounding region. This season, Pocahontas and Greenbrier County musicians share the Opry Night bill: The Elk River Ramblers and The Black Twig Pickers. (more…)
March 8, 2014 7:30 pm | $8.00 | Website
One of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. An engaging performer, her obvious joy of music, humor, and facility across musical genres is revered by guitarists and audiences worldwide. She has recorded with country legend Chet Atkins, performed in New York with Les Paul, at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall with the Chicago Symphony and in Tennessee with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. She is host and founder of Muriel Anderson’s All Star Guitar Night®, the premiere music event at the semi-annual NAMM music trade shows, and also the founder of the Music for Life Alliance charity. She is a prolific composer of music on guitar and harp guitar, and tours year round in North America, Europe and the Far East. (more…)
April 12, 2014 7:30 pm | $8.00 | Website
Housed at the Greenbrier Valley Theatre, the orchestra performs across the region with their group of 18 professional and highly experienced players. In addition to playing the standard repertoire of the famous bands of past years–Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, and others–the band concentrates especially on improvisation. The WVJO also recreates the more outstanding jazz solos and styles of famous jazz artists such as Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and many others. When combined with their careful planning and focus on audience entertainment, the WVJO delivers an educational, experienced package full of great jazz and fun. (more…)
April 25, 2014 7:30 pm | $8.00 | Website
Jenny Reynolds & Cherry Hill was formed in 2011 with musicians from Lynchburg area bands Volume 3 and the Paddy Dougherty Band. In a very short time, Jenny Reynolds and Cherry Hill evolved into a powerful unit featuring the incredible vocals of Jenny Reynolds and the songwriting and musical talents of Tommy Cox, Tim Echols, Eric Hollandsworth, Daniel Kepel-Young and William Newman. Their unique acoustic approach and a style that ranges from blues to rock to folk keeps audiences wanting more. Their self-titled debut album of all original music was released in September 2012. (more…)
June 7, 2014 7:30 pm | $8.00 | Website
As a boy growing up in Berlin, young Hilby boasted no traumatic childhood experiences and exhibited no particular talents other than making funny faces at strangers and, as Hilby himself describes it, “breezing rhyzmically.” Hilby grew up doing all the fun things that people do when they’re not in school until they began to call him a grown-up. That’s when he packed up his old kit bag, gave his mom a big kiss on the cheek, and set out on a journey that was to lead him all over the world.
Hilby travelled across the European continent to Asia. One of the talents he learned along the way was juggling. From that day forward his social life took a distinct downward turn as countless weeks went by during which he wouldn’t listen to anybody but his own inner voice saying. Hilby perfected his art on the road–from his first performance on the famous Islamabad Friday Market to Lhasa, Tibet, from Calcutta to Bangkok, Pnom Penh to Hong Kong. (more…)