An Evening with Chris Thile
February 5, 2022
$35.00 to $99.00
MacArthur Fellow and Grammy Award-winning mandolinist, singer, songwriter Chris Thile, who The Guardian calls "that rare being: an all-round musician who can settle into any style, from bluegrass to classical,” and NPR calls a "genre-defying musical genius," is a founding member of the critically acclaimed bands Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek. For four years, Thile hosted public radio favorite Live from Here with Chris Thile (formerly known as A Prairie Home Companion). With his broad outlook, Thile creates a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike, giving the listener “one joyous arc, with the linear melody and vertical harmony blurring into a single web of gossamer beauty” (The New York Times).
Most recently, Chris recorded Laysongs, out June 4, 2021 on Nonesuch. The album is his first truly solo album: just Thile, his voice, and his mandolin, on new recordings of six original songs and three covers, all of which contextualize and banter with his ideas about spirituality. Recorded in a converted upstate New York church during the pandemic, Laysongs’ centerpiece is the three-part “Salt (in the Wounds) of the Earth,” which was inspired by C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters. The album also features a song Thile wrote about Dionysus; a performance of the fourth movement of Béla Bartók’s Sonata for Solo Violin; “God Is Alive, Magic Is Afoot” based on Buffy Sainte-Marie’s adaptation of a Leonard Cohen poem; a cover of bluegrass legend Hazel Dickens’ “Won’t You Come and Sing for Me,” and “Ecclesiastes 2:24," original instrumental loosely modeled after the Prelude from J.S. Bach’s Partita for Solo Violin in E Major.
MASKS & PROOF OF NEGATIVE TEST OR VACCINATION REQUIRED
All audience members ages 5 and above are required to show proof of a negative professionally administered Covid-19 test (not an at home self test) OR proof of vaccination.
All attendees must also show a government-issued ID that matches the name on the negative test proof or vaccination record. Children up to age 18 may be accompanied by an adult with such identification.
Masks are required inside the theater for all patrons ages 3 and above, when not actively eating or drinking. Eating and drinking are permitted in lobby areas only and not allowed inside the seating area of the theater.
These two forms of negative COVID-19 test are acceptable:
1. Professionally administered PCR COVID-19 tests taken within 72 hours prior to the performance.
2. Professionally administered rapid antigen COVID-19 test taken within 6 hours prior to the performance.
These forms of vaccination proof are acceptable:
1. A CDC designated vaccine card that has two vaccine dates for the Pfizer/Moderna vaccine or one vaccine date for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (the date of the final dose must be at least 14 days prior to the performance). All CDC and WHO approved vaccines will be accepted.
2. A photo or digital copy of the card
All audience members are asked to self-screen prior to arriving to the theater. Patrons can expect a low touch environment, including e-tickets, digital programs & credit/debit card only transactions. All Health & Safety protocols and requirements are subject to change and are at the discretion of the artist, presenter, or venue. More on Health & Safety at our FAQ page.
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Photo credit: Josh Goleman