Duo plays funky music

Tickets are still available for tonight’s Festival Series concert featuring the funky classical duo, Edgar Meyer and Mike Marshall.

Bassist, Meyer and mandolin player, Marshall, have been at the forefront of American instrumental string music for over 20 years and are respected by critics and audiences for their versatile and imaginative approach to music.

Meyer is a recording artist for Sony Classical Records and was a 2002 recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship award.

The fellowship is awarded to people in any field of study that show promise and commitment to their work, the honor is not a reward for past accomplishments.

Marshall is best known for his acoustic experimentation in different genres of music including jazz, classical, bluegrass and Latin.

The pair recorded the album “Short Trip Home” with violinist Joshua Bell and musician Sam Bush in 1999 and performed at the 2000 Grammy Awards when the album was nominated for Best Classical Crossover.

“Meyer and Marshall are well known in bluegrass and the concert should be really fun and funky,” Deborah Fleitz, director of public events, said.

Meyer and Marshall are the second musicians this year performing as part of the College of Musical Arts Festival Series. Throughout the year six concerts will be held.

“The artists that perform as part of the Festival Series are quality world renowned artists,” Dr. Richard Kennell, dean of College of Musical Arts, said. “We feel these artists have both a large campus and community interest, it is a real pleasure to present them.”

When choosing artists for the series, Fleitz said the advisory board, consisting of students, retired professors, faculty and citizens of the community, are most concerned about getting a good representation of the community and college.

“Last year I went to a Festival Series concert and it was great, so now I always look to see who they are having perform.,” sophomore Katie Miller said. “It is nice because each concert is always a different music style than the last concert.”

Students can buy tickets at the student rush price of $10 tonight until 7:30 p.m. at the Moore Musical Arts Center Box Office.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall.