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D&E Appalachian Ensemble’s traditional music and dance at the Opera House

Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble

The Pocahontas County Opera House will welcome the Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble for an evening of traditional music and dance Friday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m.

The D&E Appalachian Ensemble, a student performance group led by String Band Director Emily Miller and Dance Director Emily Oleson, is dedicated to bringing live traditional music and dance to audiences in West Virginia and beyond. Composed entirely of students attending D&E, the group features an acoustic string band (fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass) and a team of dancers with a diverse range of expertise.

The group focuses on the intersections of different American vernacular forms and their roots, ranging from old-time music and flatfooting to jazz music and tap dance, to Irish sean nós dance, body percussion and numerous traditional American styles of harmony singing. The performances include a variety of regional dance styles, contemporary choreography, and a selection of traditional songs and tunes.

Tickets are $10 general admission. Youth 17 and younger admitted free of charge.

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Performances at the Opera House are informal, family-friendly and open to all. The entrance and main seating are accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to attend; special accommodations can be arranged upon request by calling 304-799-6645.

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