Rochester, N.Y. — The Eastman School of Music kicks off its popular World Music Series on Wednesday, November 8 with a performance by renowned American musician Mike Seeger. The concert will be held in Kilbourn Hall at 8 p.m.
Seeger has devoted his life to singing, playing and writing about southern traditional mountain music. He has toured throughout the world as a soloist and as a member of the New Lost City Ramblers, the pioneering traditional music group of which he is a founding member. He plays a variety of traditional styles on banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, trump (jaw harp), harmonica, lap dulcimer, autoharp and other instruments.
Seeger will perform music from True Vine, the home music made by American southerners before the media age. Music from True Vine grows out of hundreds of years of British traditions that blended in our country with equally ancient African traditions to produce songs and sounds, which are unique to the United States. This music in time became the roots of today’s country, bluegrass, and popular music.
Since his first recordings with the Ramblers in the late 50s, Mike has gone on to record more than forty albums, both solo and with others. He has been nominated for six Grammy awards. In 1995 Mike received the Ralph J. Gleason award established by the Grateful Dead to recognize “those who exemplify the qualities of talent, vision and innovation that Ralph so tirelessly supported.”
Tickets range in price from $18 to $8 with a discount for University of Rochester ID holders and can be purchased in person at the RPO Box Office, 108 East Avenue or by phone at 585/454-2100. Visit www.esm.rochester.edu/concerts/tickets.php for more ticket information or to order tickets online.
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Wednesday, November 8
Kilbourn Hall — 8 p.m.
Call 585/274-1100 for more information