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The Arc cancels, changes concerts over pandemic worries

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.

PARKERSBURG — The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley has canceled a December show with famed jazz singer Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. and rescheduled the 65th Anniversary Concert Extravaganza for December 2021.

The date and location of the concert featuring Murphy, a West Virginia native who won the 2011 America’s Got Talent contest, will be announced as soon as possible, according to The Arc. Stand Up for Downs, the opening act, also has agreed to reschedule for the show.

“Out of an abundance of caution and in light of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in our area we made the decision to reschedule,” Liz Ford, executive director of The Arc, said. “We have worked closely with Landau and his team and appreciate their continued support.”

Burke Allen, senior media strategist with Allen Media Strategies, and Murphy are offering a free online concert through SessionsLive at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 for all ticket holders and sponsors of The Arc’s 65th Anniversary concert. Links to the concert are being finalized and will be announced in the next two weeks.

“We know rescheduling has been tough for so many,” Murphy said. “I too miss seeing all your faces and performing throughout my home state and hope you will join us online Dec. 17, 2020, and in person in December 2021.”

Murphy has recently recovered from the COVID-19 coronavirus, describing the case as mile.

“I’m grateful that because of the pandemic, I’m not where I usually am, which is around lots of people…on tour, in airports, hotels, on airplanes, in theaters and performing arts centers, around my musicians, fans, and friends,” Murphy said in a statement. “Normally, I would be interacting with literally hundreds of people every week.”

Since 1955, The Arc of the Mid Ohio Valley has dedicated itself to ensuring a satisfying and productive life for children and adults with intellectual, cognitive and related developmental disabilities by providing programs and services to enable, empower and encourage people to live, learn, work and play in their community with their peers and neighbors.

Gold Sponsor for the event is the Deitzler Foundation. United Bank, BB&T Bank and the PM Co. have sponsored the event at the Bronze Level. Dunbar and Fowler and Intrastate Insurance also have provided support for the event. Hall Financial, McCrady Jones Insurance and Paradise Glen Property Management also signed on as sponsors.

“While we hope that most ticket holders can hold on to their tickets until next year and continue to support The Arc’s 65th Anniversary, we recognize that some ticket holders may want a refund,” Ford said.

Refunds for ticket holders can be made through Brown Paper Tickets.

For sponsorship or ticket questions contact Paula Oliphant, Community Outreach Coordinator at paula.oliphant@thearcmov.org or 304-422-3151 ext.111. Donations to The Arc of the Mid Ohio Valley can be sent to 1917 Dudley Ave.,, Parkersburg, WV 26101.

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