The Sweetback Sisters
- Pocahontas County Opera House, Marlinton WV
One of the worlds foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. An engaging performer, her obvious joy of music, humor, and facility across musical genres is revered by guitarists and audiences worldwide. She has recorded with country legend Chet Atkins, performed in New York with Les Paul, at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall with the Chicago Symphony and in Tennessee with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. She is host and founder of Muriel Anderson’s All Star Guitar Night®, the premiere music event at the semi-annual NAMM music trade shows, and also the founder of the Music for Life Alliance charity. She is a prolific composer of music on guitar and harp guitar, and tours year round in North America, Europe and the Far East.
Her unique approach to the instrument virtually transforms the guitar into a lyrical choir, then a marching band, then a Japanese koto, then a Bluegrass band, one minute launching into a Beatles tune and the next, Chopin’s Minute Waltz. Recently she has teamed up with Germany’s top guitar duo, TIERRA NEGRA, adding a new dimension and excitement to her music.
Muriel Anderson enjoys giving guitar workshops, sponsored by her new GHS Signature strings. She has released numerous books and instructional DVDs published by Hal Leonard, Mel Bay, Truefire, and Zen-On in Japan, and was a bronze level winner of Acoustic Guitar’s 2009 reader’s choice award for “best classical guitarist.” She received a degree in music from DePaul University and went on to study with classical virtuoso Christopher Parkening and with Nashville legend Chet Atkins.
The Opera House is Pocahontas County’s premier performing arts center. An intimate venue in the heart of the Allegheny Highlands, with seating for 250, the Opera House is part of the West Virginia Mountain Music Trail and Historic Theatre Trail. Its annual performance series brings more than a dozen performances on its stage each year, ranging from bluegrass to jazz, folk to musical theatre and everything in between.
The Opera House also hosts a variety of community events, from open jam sessions to family movie nights. The building is available for private rentals.
Performances at the Opera House are informal, family-friendly and open to all. Children age 17 and younger are admitted free of charge. 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. Advance tickets are available online. Cash only for tickets purchased at the door. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.