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Beijing Guitar Duo
Composed of guitarist Meng Su and Yameng Wang, the Beijing Guitar Duo’s performances and recordings have impressed the public with “an ability and artistry that exceeds their years.” This past season took them to countries such as Germany, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Poland, China, Panama, and the United States. Their debut CD Maracaípe, received a Latin Grammy nomination for the titled piece, which was dedicated to them by renowned guitarist/composer Sergio Assad. Their second CD, Bach to Tan Dun, has been widely noted for the world-premiere recording of Tan Dun’s "Eight Memories in Watercolor," specially arranged for the duo by Manuel Barrueco. A recording in trio, China West, with Maestro Barrueco was released in May 2014. The Beijing Guitar Duo performs as part of the Wilson Center’s 5th annual Guitar Festival, which runs August 17-19, 2017. The Guitar Festival is an eclectic celebration of the world’s leading classical, fingerstyle, jazz, and rock & blues guitarists. Tickets: $30-$44 262-781-9520 or www.wilson-center.com
Candyrat Records Fingerstyle Friday featuring Antoine Dufour, Gareth Pearson, and Mike Dawes
Milwaukee’s CandyRat Records brings an award-winning roster of internationally acclaimed guitarists to Fingerstyle Friday, including French-Canadian fingerstyle guru Antoine Dufour, Welsh guitar phenomenon Gareth Pearson, and England’s most creative modern fingerstyle guitar performer Mike Dawes. Dufour is known among the best guitar players in the world as a musician’s musician, with six albums, two live performance DVDs, and more than 50 million cumulative views on YouTube. Already considered a fingerstyle virtuoso, Pearson’s distinctive has earned him accolades from world-renowned players and major tours with Tommy Emmanuel and Jan Akkerman. Since the release of his debut album in 2013, Dawes has toured almost every continent on the planet, and he currently performs alongside the legendary frontman of The Moody Blues, Justin Hayward, on the debut live DVD. Candyrat Records Fingerstyle Friday is part of the Wilson Center’s 5th annual Guitar Festival, which runs August 17-19, 2017. The Guitar Festival is an eclectic celebration of the world’s leading classical, fingerstyle, jazz, and rock & blues guitarists. Tickets: $36-$49 262-781-9520 or www.wilson-center.com
For nearly two decades, the world at large knew precisely where to find multi-faceted guitar hero Kevin Eubanks. For five nights a week, Eubanks was cranking up the band and issuing steamy solos as music director on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where he played with seemingly every meaningful musician across genres. In spring of 2010, after 18 years on the job, the Philadelphia native opened a new chapter as a recording and touring artist with the release of his first album for the Mack Avenue label, Zen Food, followed by the 2013 release of his second album, The Messenger. In 2015, he teamed up with fellow modern-day jazz prophet Stanley Jordan to record an album of originals and originally drawn covers, the “wholly fanciful, meditative” Duets. Kevin Eubanks performs as part of the Wilson Center’s 5th annual Guitar Festival, which runs August 17-19, 2017. The Guitar Festival is an eclectic celebration of the world’s leading classical, fingerstyle, jazz, and rock & blues guitarists. Tickets: $50-$71 262-781-9520 or www.wilson-center.com
Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau
“ … whatever feels unlikely about their pairing is eclipsed by what feels perfectly natural. Mr. Thile, the mandolinist and singer with Punch Brothers, is a progressive-bluegrass pacesetter; Mr. Mehldau is the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years.” – Nate Chinen, "The New York Times" Capture a moment in an ongoing tour-de-force creative conversation as mandolinist/singer and "A Prairie Home Companion" host Chris Thile and pianist Brad Mehldau celebrate their recently released, live-in-the-studio double album, "Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau," in a Wilson Center concert event. After performing two sold-out duo concerts at downtown Manhattan’s Bowery Ballroom in 2015, the Nonesuch Records label-mates decamped to Avatar Studios in Hell’s Kitchen, where they spent three creatively charged days recording together, exploring original compositions and an impressively eclectic stack of covers—from Joni Mitchell’s “Marcie” to Elliot Smith’s “Independence Day” to Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.” Employing just piano and mandolin, Thile and Mehldau’s complex work translates to “plain-faced beauty: simple, direct and exquisite” (Washington Post). Tickets: $49-$71 (discounts available for groups of 10+) Single tickets go on sale July 31, 2017. 262-781-9520 or www.wilson-center.com
An American Songbook Soirée
Your favorites from Porter, Kern, Gershwin, Mercer … and many more! Featuring the acclaimed trio of Jonathan Hawkins, Heather Lundstedt O’Neill, and Lee Lessack, this afternoon of song is sure to leave audiences with unforgettable memories, old and new. Touring extensively internationally, Hawkins has been a featured soloist in Dvorák’s Stabat Mater, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Fauré’s Requiem. For the last 10 years, Lundstedt O’Neill has performed professionally all over the world. Broadway World stated, “Lundstedt’s gorgeous soprano is one of the best I’ve heard onstage in a long time.” Lessack’s graceful lyric baritone vocals and sophisticated yet endearing persona have made him a shining star of the international concert scene. Billboard Magazine calls his singing, “cabaret romanticism of a high order.” Tickets: $25-$29 Single tickets go on sale July 31, 2017 262-781-9520 or www.wilson-center.com
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