Cultural Series

West Virginia SymphonyWest Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, September 25; 2 p.m.
Harper-McNeeley Auditorium, Myles Center for the Arts
FREE
 
The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director Grant Cooper will embark on a special WV tour – traveling to five venues throughout the state. Joining the Orchestra for these performances is soprano soloist Janet Brown, performing a work that was commissioned by WVSO horn player, Tom Beal, for his wife. This concert is funded in part by the Daywood Family Foundation, Herscher Foundation, Jacobson Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and West Virginia Division of Culture and History. The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is West Virginia’s premier performing arts organization, presenting classical, pops, and chamber-music concerts annually throughout the Mountain State. Currently in its 78th season, the WVSO is a proud member of the community and enriches the region by providing affordable, high-quality concerts, collaborations with West Virginia arts organizations and a nationally award-winning education program. Reception to follow in The Joni and Buck Smith Arts Forum. Sponsored by Davis & Elkins College, the Randolph County Community Arts Center and the Snowshoe Foundation. Presented by the 80th Mountain State Forest Festival.

 

Fiddle & Banjo ContestWV Open Fiddle & Banjo Contest - Banjos, Burgers and Beer Festival

Saturday, October 1; 12 noon registration, 2 p.m. start
Outdoor Amphitheatre
Contest: FREE; Festival: $30
 
Breathing new energy and excitement into the 80th Mountain State Forest Festival, the Celebrate Appalachia! - Banjos, Burgers and Beer Festival will feature the West Virginia Open Fiddle, Banjo and Flatfoot Dance Contest hosted by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College, a burger cook-off and craft beer and West Virginia wine. The WV Open Fiddle & Banjo Contest showcases some of the most talented and dedicated traditional musicians in our area. The annual contest offers cash prizes in fiddle, old-time banjo, bluegrass banjo and flatfoot dancing. Admission to the beer, wine and burger event is $30 per person and includes a 16-ounce stainless steel Forest Festival tumbler and a sheet of tickets to sample food and drinks from vendors. Additional tickets will be available for $20 a sheet. Those interested in attending only the WV Fiddle and Banjo Contest as a contestant or spectator do not have to pay the fee. Sponsored by Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. For more information, visit www.forestfestival.com or www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Forest Festival Celebrate the Spirit Concert

Monday, October 3; 7 p.m.
Downtown Stage, Elkins Town Square
FREE
 
The Mountain State Forest Festival Celebrate the Spirit Concert is an evening of contemporary Christian and gospel music featuring The Franks Family with special guest Curt Anderson. 
From station to station and down the track, take an unforgettable musical journey "by rail" across the country jam-packed with the finest entertainment you’ll find anywhere. ​You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you might even dance...you just never know what could happen when you spend an evening with The Franks Family. Come experience “The Greatest Show On Rails!”
Curt Anderson is the son of D&E alumnus Bill Anderson. Curt has been making music since he could first reach the piano keys and realized early on that he was destined for a career in music. Fast forward a couple decades and Curt is knocking out 120 shows a year across the US, Australia and New Zealand. Curt has played every size venue from churches to clubs, camps and schools, to the main stage at festivals. But what matters most to him is not the size of the venue, but the impact he can make on his audience.
Curt Anderson will also perform during the Summit Church morning service Sunday, October 2 at 10 a.m. at American Mountain Theater and the D&E Chapel Service Sunday, October 2 at 8 p.m. in Robbins Memorial Chapel on campus. For more information, visit www.forestfestival.com.

 

Mountain StageForest Festival Mountain Stage Music Show

Saturday, October 8; 6:30 p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. show
Harper-McNeeley Auditorium, Myles Center for the Arts
Tickets: $20-40
 
It's a performance you won't want to miss - Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is coming to the 80th Mountain State Forest Festival! Guests include Dan Tyminski & Ronnie Bowman, Sara Watkins, Mountain Heart, Eric Johnson and Elise Davis. For more than 30 years Mountain Stage has been giving radio audiences the best seat in the house for some of the world's most renowned performers. Distributed by NPR Music and produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is the longest running live-performance radio show of its kind. Each two-hour show features multiple guest artists performing live in front of an audience with studio quality audio. Showcasing talent from all over the world and in virtually every style of music, Mountain Stage has played host to world-class musicians and songwriters while consistently turning audiences on to new music. Audience members will participate in a recording that will be heard on over 170 NPR stations around the nation and on the top-ranking Mountain Stage Podcast. For more information, visit www.forestfestival.com.
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Augusta October Old-TimeAugusta October Old-Time Week

Sunday, October 16 - Friday, October 21
Davis & Elkins College
 
October Old-Time Week brings a wonderful array of talent to Augusta and focuses on West Virginia's rich traditions of old-time music. In addition to classes, there will be special musical presentations, workshops and, of course, plenty of jamming. The week wraps up with the annual Augusta Old-Time Fiddlers’ Reunion featuring a unique square dance on Friday evening; performances by older generation master fiddlers and younger accomplished fiddlers from all over West Virginia all day Saturday; and a gospel sing on Sunday morning. For more information or to register, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Square DanceSquare Dance

Friday, October 21; 7:45 p.m. workshop, 8 p.m. dance
Augusta Dance Pavilion
Adults: $6; AmeriCorps Members and Students: $4; D&E Faculty, Staff and Students: FREE
 
Beginner and family-friendly. No dance partner required. Presented by the Mountain Dance Trail and Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. For more information, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta Fiddlers' ReunionAugusta Fiddlers' Reunion

Friday, October 21 - Sunday, October 23
Davis & Elkins College
 
This unique event is a favorite of all who love old-time music. Scores of West Virginia’s master fiddlers, pickers and singers gather, along with hundreds of local folks and visitors, for a weekend of fun, packed with jam sessions throughout the weekend, informal concerts and renewal of friendships. For more information, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

DebateDebate: British Debate Tour

Monday, November 7; 7:30 p.m.
Great Hall, Halliehurst
FREE
 
Topic TBA. The debate will be approximately one hour and will include an opportunity for audience questions. The event is free and open to the public. Presented by the Calliduz Debate Club of Davis & Elkins College.

 

Square DanceSquare Dance

Friday, November 7; 7:45 p.m. workshop, 8 p.m. dance
Pit Dance Studio, Myles Center for the Arts
Adults: $6; AmeriCorps Members and Students: $4; D&E Faculty, Staff and Students: FREE
 
Beginner and family-friendly. No dance partner required. Presented by the Mountain Dance Trail and Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. For more information, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Square DanceSquare Dance

Friday, December 9; 7:45 p.m. workshop, 8 p.m. dance
Pit Dance Studio, Myles Center for the Arts
Adults: $6; AmeriCorps Members and Students: $4; D&E Faculty, Staff and Students: FREE
 
Beginner and family-friendly. No dance partner required. Presented by the Mountain Dance Trail and Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. For more information, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Davis & Elkins Dance FestivalDavis & Elkins Dance Festival

Friday, April 7 - Saturday, April 8
Myles Center for the Arts
 
Details TBA. Presented by the Davis & Elkins College Division of Fine & Performing Arts.