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ArtsLink Concert Series to Kick Off 2019-20 Season

Twin Kennedy will close out ArtsLink’s 2019-20 Concert Series on April 9 at the Gaslight Theater in Sistersville at 7:30 p.m.

NEW MARTINSVILLE — ArtsLink’s 2019-20 Concert Series will kick off in mid-October and continue through April, offering versatile and expressive interpretations of both music and dance.

Season tickets for the six-concert series are now on sale through ArtsLink, the arts council for Wetzel and Tyler counties.

The season begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Lincoln Theater in downtown New Martinsville with a concert by Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience. Two-time Grammy Award-winning artist creates a hypnotic blend of New Orleans funk, reggae-flavored world-blues, American zydeco roots music that “beckons you to your feet and into the groove.” This concert is sponsored by Wetzel County CVB. The engagement of Terrence Simien and the Zydeco Experience is made possible through the West Virginia Special Presenters Initiative Program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

The well-known story of Alice in Wonderland will be presented by the Oglebay Institute Youth Ballet on Sunday, Oct. 27 at the Lincoln Theater. The 3 p.m. matinee performance will be enjoyed by young and old alike as the familiar tale is brought to life through the artistry and timeless beauty of ballet. The show is sponsored by WesBanco.

ArtsLink will usher in the Christmas season on Monday, Dec. 9 with the Mid Ohio Valley Ballet classic presentation of The Nutcracker. This whimsical ballet brings beautiful fantasies, sugar plum dreams, and waltzing snowflakes to the classic American holiday experience. The 7 p.m. show at the Lincoln Theater is sponsored by Riggenbach Tile and Carpet and Wetzel Valley Agencies.

Concert pianist Gerald Lee will be making his fifth appearance for ArtsLink on Saturday, Feb. 15 with a Valentine-themed concert at the Gold Derrick Gallery in Sistersville. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., with a pre-performance chat with the artist at 6:30 p.m.

The next concert features Ball in the House on Thursday, March 19, at Tyler Consolidated High School at 7:30 p.m. Ball in the House is a multiple award winning R&B/soul/pop a cappella group based out of their hometown of Boston, Mass. Their high energy show will have audiences singing, dancing, even beatboxing along. This free concert is sponsored by the Stealey Community Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, Inc.

Twin Kennedy concludes the series with a return engagement on Thursday, April 9, at the Gaslight Theater in Sistersville. With Carli Kennedy on vocals and guitar, and twin sister Julie on vocals and violin, these petite powerhouses will fill your soul with joy and warmth through their seamless harmonies and heartfelt songwriting. This 7:30 p.m. performance is sponsored by Logan Hassig.

“By purchasing a family season ticket, you save $30 over the single event ticket price. An individual season ticket will save you $15,” said Scarlet Hood, ArtsLink president. “You don’t want to miss this season of varied and exciting performances!”

Funding for these programs is made possible with financial assistance from the City of New Martinsville Parks & Recreation Commission, West Virginia Northern Community College, WETZ/WYMJ Radio, EQT Foundation, Dominion Foundation, and Ohio Valley Online.

This concert series is presented with financial assistance from the WV Department of Arts, Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.

ArtsLink is committed to providing universal accessibility wherever possible. Persons with special needs, or for additional information, call the ArtsLink office at 304-455-2278.

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