Following his sold-out and stunning concert for Newman Center Presents last season, mandolinist extraordinaire Chris Thile returns to open our season, this time with legendary American bassist and composer Edgar Meyer. Thanks to his unparalleled instrumental technique and his gift for composition, Edgar’s work is appreciated by a vast and varied audience. His uniqueness in the field was recognized in 2002 with a MacArthur “genius” Award. He has collaborated across, and with the leading musicians of, many genres, from Yo-Yo Ma, Emmanuel Ax and Joshua Bell, to Béla Fleck, Mark O’Connor and Zakir Hussain.
“I’ve seen many musicians in my day, but my jaw dropped listening to and watching Thile play…. The command he had of his instrument, from frenetically fast strumming to tasty quiet fills, it was just first-rate.”