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Oprah House showcases classical, bluegrass in April

April 12, 2011
The Inter-Mountain

April brings a variety of musical styles to the Pocahontas County Opera House stage. The Marlbrook String Quartet will perform on Sunday and The Hillbilly Gypsies on April 29.

The classical show at 3 p.m. Sunday features the Marlbrook String Quartet, which is in residence at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. The members are Jaime Letourneau, Paula Zimmerman, Cynthia Penne and Julia Goudimova.

The quartet strives to provide quality chamber music in a personal format and talks briefly about the program before performing to explain what makes the work stand out and thoughts on what to listen for during the show. With repertoire ranging from Charles Ives to J.S. Bach, the Marlbrook String Quartet believes in showcasing traditional standards along with presenting less known jewels. The ensemble especially enjoys finding music based in great American musical traditions. The program for Sunday includes: "Selections from the Art of Fugue" by J.S. Bach; "String Quartet No. 1" (from the Salvation Army) by Charles Ives; "Crisantemi" (Chrysanthemums) by Giacomo Puccini; and "String Quartet in D, Op. 11" by Peter Tchakovsky.

April ends with a special appearance by The Hillbilly Gypsies to kick off the weekend of the Greenbrier River Race at 7:30 p.m. April 29.

The Hillbilly Gypsies are a West Virginia native string band that specializes in playing its own homegrown style of Appalachian, old-time music, mixed with a hard-driving bluegrass sound. In addition to their original material, The Hillbilly Gypsies play an eclectic mix of traditional and, quite often, not-so-traditional bluegrass standards and catchy old fiddle tunes.

They perform in the old-fashioned style, around a single vintage-style large-diaphragm microphone. This "old-timey" approach adds a high-energy, barn party atmosphere to their show. Watching the whole band work around the mic is like taking a trip back in time.

Fact Box

If you go

What:?Marlbrook String Quartet

When: Sunday at 3 p.m.

Where: Pocahontas County Oprah House

What:?The Hillbilly Gypsies

When:?April 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Where:?Pocahontas County Oprah House

Admission: $10 for adults and free for children ages 12 and younger.

Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. A benefit show for the Opera House, the evening will also feature door prizes and other special drawings throughout the night.

Performances at the Opera House are informal, family friendly and open to all. The entrance and main seating are handicapped accessible. People with disabilities are encouraged to attend; special accommodations can be arranged upon request. Admission is available at the door and in advance at pocahontasoperahouse.org or by calling 304-799-6645. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

The Pocahontas County Opera House is located at 818 Third Ave. in Marlinton.

These performances are part of the 2010-2011 Performance Series sponsored by the Pocahontas County Opera House Foundation with financial assistance through a grant from 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. Financial support is also provided by Pocahontas County Drama, Fairs and Festivals and the Snowshoe Foundation.

 
 

 

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