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Thalian Hall: Upcoming Events

Jeremy Kittel Band, leader in the boundary zapping, stylistically diverse fusion of musical styles known as “Newgrass” will perform at Thalian Hall on Saturday March 9th at 8pm

About The Show - A full-time member of the Grammy-winning Turtle Island String Quartet and leader of his namesake band, Kittel’s stylistically diverse, boundary-zapping performances produce a breathless fusion of musical styles – and an audience response that borders on Kittel-mania.  Considered among the leading improvising violinists of his generation, the Manhattan School of Music graduate has collaborated with musical giants including Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Paquito D’Rivera, Stefon Harris and Chris Thile, and has appeared on Prairie Home Companion, at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, and at Bonnaroo and Telluride. Show begins at 8pm on Saturday March 9th.Tickets: $25/20/14 Box office: 910.632.2285 or online at
About Jeremy Kittel - Jeremy Kittel is at the forefront of a new breed of fiddlers and violinists who easily navigate between a multitude of musical styles and traditions. Fluidly mastering this rich musical heritage, he also breaks exciting new ground while helping to redefine the role of his instrument.
Currently touring internationally with his name-sake group, the Jeremy Kittel Band, he leads audiences into exciting new-acoustic music territory.  He also maintains an active schedule of collaborations with some of today’s most innovative and influential artists, from genres diverse as folk, jazz, classical, and pop music. Recently completing a five-year position as a full-time member of the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet, he has also toured and recorded with such musical giants as Mark O’Connor, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Paquito D’Rivera, the Assad Brothers, Stefon Harris, My Morning Jacket, Jars of Clay, Abigail Washburn, and Ben Sollee. He has appeared on the NPR radio show A Prairie Home Companion, has been a guest performer with multiple symphony orchestras, and has performed at venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Bonnaroo, and the Tell uride Bluegrass Festival.
His most recent solo recording, Chasing Sparks (Compass Records), clearly establishes Jeremy as a formidable composer and arranger as well as a violinist of the highest technical and musical sensibilities. This comes as no surprise given that his three previously released CDs span the musical spectrum from jazz to celtic, with a strong dose of originality and technical mastery.
One of the leading improvising violinists of his generation, Jeremy has a master’s degree in jazz violin from the Manhattan School of Music, and he is the recipient of the 2010 Emerging Artist Award from his alma mater, the University of Michigan. He is also a National US Scottish Fiddle champion as well as a multiple winner of Detroit Music Awards and ASTA Alternative Style awards.
As a lover of song, and as a singer himself, Kittel enjoys collaborating with singers and lyricists from any genre. Most recently, he has arranged and recorded orchestral-style strings for several major-label releases: Abigail Washburn’s “City of Refuge,” My Morning Jacket’s “Circuital,” and an upcoming release by the Platinum-selling, Grammy-winning band Jars of Clay. Kittel currently resides in beautiful Brooklyn, NY. When he’s not on tour, he often enjoys Monkey Conditioning and Ecstatic Dance.
About Jeremy Kittel Band - Compass Recording Artist and violist for the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet, Jeremy Kittel leads an exceptional band whose musical roots transverse the world. With the drive of Celtic fiddling, spontaneity of jazz, soul of the blues and intricacies of chamber music, the Jeremy Kittel Band consistently captivates audiences.  Jeremy is joined by some of the most dynamic young performers on the American acoustic music scene – the four-piece band usually includes the core members Josh Pinkham (mandolin), Nathaniel Smith (cello), and Simon Chrisman (hammered dulcimer). Josh Pinkham took to the mandolin at age twelve and in a very short time has made a true mark for himself as a player, composer, recording artist and concert performer; by the time Josh was just 14 he had played on stage with nearly all of his mandolin heroes.  He continues to push his mandolin into new and old territory; excelling in Bluegrass, Newgrass, Jazz and Classical music, Joshua was named “the future of the mandolin” by Mandolin Magazine in their review of his CD, “Solo Mandolin Duets.”  Scott Tichenor of Mandolin Cafe described Josh’s solos on the Youtube videos with Frank Vignola and Jascho Stefan as “Jaw Dropping”.  And mandolin forefather David Grisman, with whom Joshua has just completed a recording, named him “as certainly one of the most important young improvisers on the acoustic scene today.”
Hammered dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman tours with the Bee Eaters, has performed with Mike Marshall and Darol Anger, opened for Bill Frisell, and at 16 was a scholarship guest artist at the Augusta Heritage Festival in West Virginia. His sophisticated rhythmic sense and ingenious tonal flexibility, on an instrument usually considered limited, has created a buzz among musicians all over the world. Nathaniel Smith began touring with Mark O’Connor in 2006 and has been the cellist for Natalie MacMaster since 2007. He has toured both the US and Canada extensively. He has been the recipient of the ASTA Alternative Styles award and has performed on the national public radio program, From The Top.
In 2008, he collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma on his recording, Songs of Joy and Peace. He released his first CD of original music for cello, “Arrhythmia,” in December 2009. Calendar of Events: 2012-2013 Thalian Hall Main Attractions - “Art Comes To Life” Evalyn Parry’s “Spin”-- starring the Bicycle, Thur., April 4, 8 PM          www.evalynparry. com/spin co-presented by UNCW Presents Toronto artist Evalyn Parry’s tour-de-force celebrates the bicycle as muse, musical instrument and agent of social change.  Inspired by the true tale of Annie Londonderry – the first woman to ride around the world on a bicycle in 1894, this mesmerizing hybrid of music, theatre and spoken word features a suspended bicycle as an unimaginably rich source of percussive accompaniment.    $25/20/14; prime seating option for students $22