Friday, March 2, 2012


Darke County Center for the Arts will present Matthew and Gunnar Nelson in the multi-media event “Ricky Nelson Remembered” on Saturday, March 24 at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville; the show begins at 8 p.m. The Nelson twins will celebrate the legacy of their famous family, performing some of their own hits as well as the classic rock-and-roll music of their father; the show also includes big screen footage of the entire Nelson family, including grandparents Ozzie and Harriet Nelson.

Ricky Nelson became an American teen idol, selling over 100 million recordings and establishing himself as one of the most important rock artists of all time. Ricky's parents, Ozzie and Harriet, first gained fame with their hit records during the big band era, then went on to become TV stars in the situation comedy where Ricky first appeared. Matthew and Gunnar have five Top 40 hits of their own, making the Nelsons the only family in entertainment history to have three generations of number one hit-makers.

“This fantastic show which has been selling out in auditoriums all over the United States appeals to audiences of all ages,” stated DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “We are thrilled to be able to bring this unique and memorable concert to our small town,” Rawlins said.

Prior to the show, Matthew and Gunnar will present a lecture in the Anna Bier Civic Room, sharing details of how it felt to grow up as part of a famous and successful show business family; the 7 p.m. session is free and open to the public. This presentation is supported by the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the General Mills Foundation, Land O' Lakes Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council, which helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

The Coppock-Hole Trust is sponsoring “Ricky Nelson Remembered;” Darke County Center for the Arts also receives financial support from Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, Ketrow Foundation, and the Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund. Tickets for the show are $25, and can be purchased by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or Tickets will also be available at the door if any remain by showtime.

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