Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio welcomes visionary folk duo Anna & Elizabeth on Thursday, April 12th at 8:00pm and tickets are on sale now! Anna & Elizabeth’s visionary partnership pioneers new ways of presenting old songs and stories to modern audiences. Since 2011, with a deep and shared love of old Appalachian music, they stand at the vanguard of tradition and the avant-garde, transforming traditional music with innovative, modern arrangements. Their captivating performance integrates visual art, movement and experimental film with breathtaking harmonies. Doors will open at 6:00pm, for a happy hour before the show, with music starting at 8:00pm. Tickets are on sale now at (740) 753-1924 or www.stuartsoperahouse.org.
Anna & Elizabeth has appeared on stages across the world, including the Cambridge Folk Festival, Brighton Festival, Newport Folk Festival, National Sawdust, Atlanta Museum of Modern Art, Old Town School of Folk Music, Brooklyn Folk Fest; intimate theaters across the U.S., U.K. & Europe; and fellowships to develop their work at the MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and Centrum. They have released three acclaimed full-length albums–Sun to Sun (2012), Anna & Elizabeth (2015), and their most recent release The Invisible Comes to Us (2018), which was released on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Their show is like no other. The spartan simplicity of their voices and acoustic instruments will include percussion, synth, pump organ, woodwinds, field recordings, film projections, choreography, and crankies — illustrated, hand-cranked scrolls depicting songs and stories as they are performed.
The Invisible Comes to Us is a new album from the pioneering partnership of Anna & Elizabeth. Released on the significant Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the record is a spellbinding reconfiguration of ancient folk ballads that sees the duo’s immersion in Appalachian music move to a place of boundless experimentation. They combine two powerful and very distinct voices. Elizabeth LaPrelle was raised in rural Virginia and is frequently lauded as the finest traditional singer of her generation. Anna Roberts-Gevalt is a multi-instrumentalist whose musical curiosity has taken her from old time fiddling in Kentucky to a more recent immersion in Brooklyn’s avant-garde community. Together they find new ways to tell old stories of love, loss and intrigue, while relishing the tension that arises between their very different backgrounds and orthodoxies; holding firm to the roots of the music while removing the limits of how that music can be played and presented. Joining the duo on The Invisible Comes to Us are drummer Jim White of The Dirty Three, and experimental pedal steel player Susan Alcorn, whose perceptive musicianship helped create the sonic world that Anna and Elizabeth visualised for these songs, a world that also brought in brass, woodwinds and synths.
Anna & Elizabeth will perform at Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio on Thursday, April 12th. Tickets are available right now! Floor seats are $22 in advance or $25 at the door, Balcony seats are $19 in advance or $22 at the door, and Box seats are $27 in advance or $30 at the door. For more information call (740) 753-1924 or visit our website at www.stuartsoperahouse.org.