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Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile


Meyer, prominently established as a unique and masterful instrumentalist, has been hailed as a vibrant performer and an innovative composer. An exclusive SONY artist, Meyer and colleagues Yo-Yo Ma and Mark O'Connor have been widely acclaimed for the release of Appalachia Waltz, which soared to the top of the charts and remained there for 16 weeks. Joining together for a second time, Appalachian Journey, the follow-up to Appalachian Waltz, was released in March 2000. Appalachian Journey won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album that season.Thile began playing mandolin very young and had joined the group Nickel Creek by age eight. At 12, he was the youngest mandolin player to win the National Mandolin Championships. Thile recorded his first CD at 13 and has since brought the mandolin to a new level of popularity, playing as a sideman for performers such as Dolly Parton, The Dixie Chicks and Bela Fleck. In this concert, Meyer and Thile cross boundaries of style; their music is graceful and intricate, at times quiet and at others rousing. They inspire each other, play off each another and invite the audience along with them on a musical exploration.