Appalachian Ensemble Performing Classic Works at Brown Bag Concert

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Friday, February 10, 2017

ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College’s Appalachian Ensemble will perform for the Brown Bag Lunch Concert at the Randolph County Community Arts Center at noon on Wednesday, February 15. The free concert will feature several new works and many classics.

The Arts Center hosts Brown Bag concerts on the third Wednesday of every month and welcomes people to bring their lunch and a friend to enjoy the free show.

“We always look forward to performing for the Arts Center Brown Bag Lunch Concert,” said Appalachian Ensemble Tour Manager Becky Hill. “This concert series is such a wonderful gathering of Elkins area residents of all ages and the venue is absolutely beautiful.”

The Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble presents traditional music and dance from the Appalachian region and beyond, focusing 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 and numerous traditional American styles of harmony singing.

The 16-member performance group is made up of students from throughout the United States who receive scholarships to represent Davis & Elkins College in concerts across the region. String band members are fiddler Branson Raines, a freshman from Asheville, N.C.; percussionist and dancer Matthew Olwell, a senior from Charlottesville, Va.; bassist Devon Rose, a junior from Benwood, W.Va.; and fiddler and mandolin player Ben Zorn, a junior from Chicago, Ill. The dancers are junior Jonathan Callahan of Harrisonburg, Va.; junior Katharine Manor of Rockville, Md.; senior Will Roboski of Lansing, Mich.; junior Eli Lucchesi of Alma, Mich.; junior Alina Soltis of Saline, Mich.; senior Madalyn Humphrey of Elkins; sophomore Alison Riley of Huntington, W.Va.; freshman Nina Stump of Elkins; freshman Elizabeth Brown of Roanoke, Va.; freshman Katie Little of Beckley, W.Va.; freshman Cierra Merril of Clarksburg, W.Va.; and freshman Tiffanie Toler of Beverly, W.Va.

Appalachian Ensemble takes its show on the road in March with performances at Floyd Country Store in Floyd, Va., on March 24, Eastern Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn., on March 25 and Tamarack in Beckley, W.Va., on March 26. Upon returning home, Appalachian Ensemble will perform during the Davis & Elkins College Dance Festival, April 21-23. Festival events include evening concerts on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22 and workshops in string band music and dance.

Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at or call 304-637-1243.

Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble