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EDGAR MEYER AND CHRIS THILE PERFORM, JAN.13

January 25, 2007
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS WELCOMES
EDGAR MEYER AND CHRIS THILE
WORLD-RENOWNED DOUBLE BASSIST AND MANDOLIN PRODIGY
PERFORM ORIGINAL BLUEGRASS COMPOSITIONS
SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 8:00 P.M.


Fairfax, Virginia, December 12, 2006-- World-renowed double bassist Edgar Meyer and Nickel Creek’s mandolin prodigy Chris Thile team up for an evening of non-traditional style and virtuosity on January 13 at 8:00 p.m. at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. An artistic discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.
His outstanding technique and vibrant performances prompt The New Yorker to hail Edgar Meyer as “the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument.” Since beginning his studies at the age of five Meyer has won numerous competitions and prestigious awards. In 2000, he became first bassist to win the Avery Fisher Prize. Meyer, whose previous collaborations include work with Yo-Yo Ma and Mark O’Connor, is an active composer, solo performer, and guest artist with many groups, such as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
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. Of Marshall and Thile’s visit to the Washington D.C. metropolitan area in January 2006, The Washington Post noted the duo’s “jaw dropping technique mixing with emotional flair.”


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This performance is part of the American Echoes series sponsored by
VERIZON FEDERAL NETWORK SYSTEMS

Tickets for EDGAR MEYER AND CHRIS THILE, JANUARY 13, 2007 are $44, $36, $22. Family Friendly! All children, 12 and under, half price! Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa