Center for the Arts Welcomes Bluegrass Artists Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile

Posted: December 19, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

World-renowned double bassist Edgar Meyer and Nickel Creek’s mandolin prodigy Chris Thile team up for an evening of nontraditional style and virtuosity on Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. at the Center for the Arts.

Meyer’s outstanding technique and vibrant performances prompt The New Yorker to hail him as “the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument.”

Since beginning his studies at the age of 5, Meyer has won numerous competitions and prestigious awards. In 2000, he became the first bassist to win the Avery Fisher Prize. Meyer is an active composer, solo performer and guest artist with many groups. His previous collaborations include work with Yo-Yo Ma and Mark O’Connor.

Chris Thile recorded his first album at the age of 12, only four years after joining sibling prodigies Sara and Sean Watkins to form Nickel Creek in 1989. Since then, the band has been recording and garnering fans wherever they appear. Thile has collaborated with fellow mandolin phenom Mike Marshall to create “Live Duets,” an album with original compositions melding new versions of Bach and Charlie Parker with folk melodies from Ireland and Brazil.

An artistic discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier. This performance is part of the American Echoes series sponsored by Verizon Federal Network Systems.

Tickets are $44, $36 and $22; tickets for children 12 and under are half price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com.

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