Opera House to present concert

The Pocahontas County Opera House Foundation is set to present The Sea, The Sea at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Tickets are $8. Youth ages 17 and under are admitted free of charge.

Winners of the 2012 Kerrville New Folk competition, The Sea, The Sea is Mira Stanley and Chuck E. Costa.

The intimacy of their performances evokes the likes of other contemporary duos, but The Sea, The Sea has carved out a niche with a unique blend of voices and seamless phrasing. The duo’s name comes from the cry of joy by ancient Greek soldiers after an arduous journey back home from war.

Stanley and Costa have been described by singer-songwriter Susan Werner as “the next darlings of Americana music.”

Costa toured for years as a solo artist and independently released five albums. He was also the appointed the Official Connecticut State Troubadour in 2011.

Stanley combines extensive training in dance, theater and music (Boston Conservatory, University of Michigan) with the folksy roots she cultivated growing up in the wings of Mountain Stage as the daughter of its musical director, Ron Sowell.

This April, Stanley and Costa will release their debut full-length album, produced by Todd Sickafoose.

In the days prior to their performance, the duo will be conducting a songwriting workshop with Pocahontas County youth, who will join The Sea, The Sea on stage for Friday evening’s concert.

The Pocahontas County Opera House is located at 818 Third Ave. in Marlinton. Performances at the Opera House are informal, family-friendly and open to all. 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 by calling 304-799-6645.

The Opera House Performance Series is presented with financial assistance through a grant from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. Financial support for this concert also is provided by Pocahontas County Drama, Fairs and Festivals, Pendleton Community Bank, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and Kellison-Bialek Nationwide Insurance.