Submitted photo The Woodward opera house will reopen after a 98-year hiatus with David Holt and Josh Gofrth’s “Carolina Heroes.” The multimedia performance lives with the spirit of old time mountain music.

Submitted photo

The Woodward opera house will reopen after a 98-year hiatus with David Holt and Josh Gofrth’s “Carolina Heroes.” The multimedia performance lives with the spirit of old time mountain music.

Restored opera house reopens with “Carolina Heroes”

MOUNT VERNON — The last performance to take the stage on America’s oldest authentic 19th century opera house was in 1921. Nearly 98 years later, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, the stage will once again be bathed in light and sound!

With a major restoration comes the public’s first chance to enjoy the beauty of The Woodward with a performance by four-time Grammy Award winner David Holt and rising acoustic music star and Grammy nominee Josh Goforth, as they present “Carolina Heroes.” In “Carolina Heroes,” Goforth and Holt join together to bring to life the joy and spirit of old-time mountain music and stories. With songs and tunes learned from North Carolina musical mentors, Holt and Goforth weave stories, film and photographs into this multi-media concert.

“I have always included photos of my mentors in my shows, and in ‘Carolina Heroes,’ Josh and I have added vintage photos and film footage to every song and tune, creating an exciting and fun concert,” Holt said. “It brings these old mountain songs to life.”
This show starts The Woodward 2019 season, which includes the grand opening event starring Kathy Mattea, as well as performances by Livingston Taylor and Buffalo Wabs, who will be joined by local favorite 6 Miles to Nellie. Tickets for these shows and more are available now and can be purchased online by visiting thewoodward.org or calling the box office at (740) 263-6737.

Knox Partnership for Arts & Culture Inc. (KPAC) manages the overall arts operations of The Woodward Opera House and is responsible for scheduling all the arts, performance and educational opportunities in the various parts of the facility, establishing and initiating a complete and exciting arts programming experience for the community and planning for the long-term arts development for the county. KPAC’s mission is to enrich, through arts, the lives of those within Knox County and surrounding communities.

 

 

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