7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 13 – Hering Auditorium
Thile is an absolute savant and mandolinist extraordinaire who’s been a member of Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers, and collaborated with dozens more. Could anything have more grandness or more intimacy, than having this great artist all to ourselves?
MacArthur Fellow and Grammy Award-winning mandolinist, singer, songwriter Chris Thile, who the Guardian calls “that rare being: an all-round musician who can settle into any style, from bluegrass to classical,” and NPR calls a “genre-defying musical genius,” is a founding member of the critically acclaimed bands Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek. For four years, Thile hosted public radio favorite Live from Here with Chris Thile (formerly known as A Prairie Home Companion). With his broad outlook, Thile creates a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike, giving the listener “one joyous arc, with the linear melody and vertical harmony blurring into a single web of gossamer beauty” (New York Times).
To me, this sums up the feelings of the past year and a half exquisitely:
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“I was more than ever before craving that thing—singing with people, making music with people, but particularly that very selfless kind of music making that happens in church. At best you aren’t thinking about yourself or even about the people you’re making music with. You’re all just doing it together and it’s about something else. It’s really beautiful. And it’s maybe the only thing about organized religion that I miss.” –Chris Thile
Proof of full vaccination (two weeks since last dose) OR negative test within 72 hours of show date will be required to attend this performance.