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Tessa Lark & Michael Thurber


Tessa Lark & Michael Thurber

This performance is FREE and outdoors under the NOH canopy on Boyce St. near Memorial Park. No ticket is required. We do ask that you continue to social distance in the park. If you have questions call the Box Office at 803-276-6264.

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Budding superstar in the classical genre, the highly acclaimed violinist Tessa Lark is one of the best young talents of contemporary classical music. Lark has performed with prestigious U.S. chamber orchestras, receiving a Grammy® nomination in 2020, winning the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition, and was a recipient of the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant. 

Acclaimed composer Michael Thurber will join her on stage. From composing for The Royal Shakespeare Company and co-founding the smash YouTube channel CDZA, to creating his Thurber Theater variety show at Joe’s Pub, teaching at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute, and performing in the house band on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”



Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 3:00 P.M.
Tickets are not required for this event. Seating will begin approximately 45 minutes prior to the show.
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Considered one of the best young talents in the classical genre, Grammy® nominated violinist Tessa Lark made her concert debut at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at just age 16. She has performed with prestigious chamber orchestras including the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, and the Louisville Orchestra. Lark has consistently been praised by critics and audiences for her astounding range of sounds, technical agility, and musical elegance. A budding superstar in the classical realm, she is also a highly acclaimed fiddler in the tradition of her native Kentucky, delighting audiences with programming that includes Appalachian and Bluegrass music and inspiring composers to write for her. Don’t miss this critically-acclaimed soloist and classical musician when Tessa Lark is joined by bassist and composer Michael Thurber for a Mother's Day free concert under the canopy at Memorial Park.

Tentative Song List:

 Wooden Soldier* -Bach C major - Tumble Time* -Bach C minor - D minor - F major -Cedar and Sage* -Bach B minor - Weather Vane* - Bach G major -Lark: Appalachian Fantasy (violin solo) -Beatles arr. Thurber: Blackbird (Thurber only: bass and vox!) -Tom and Nancied* -Until We Meet Again*   *Lark&Thurber songs   This program is an attempt to capture all of our musical influences in one cohesive body of work. In deciding what of our repertoire to perform, we were looking for a solid concept that would anchor all of the musical selections.  Our minds immediately went to J.S. Bach.   Bach's music has always been our musical home base and a benchmark of musical perfection.  In particular, his Two-Part Inventions have occupied a central place in our hearts. These beautiful bite-sized works of counterpoint illuminate the full expressive possibility for two musical voices.  You can hear these melodies laugh, mourn, swoon, and argue as they meticulously intertwine.   In the spirit of these Inventions, we have 'invented' our own set of duos. Just as Bach's Inventions are explorations in counterpoint, our duos explore the full range of what is possible with our specific two voices: violin and bass.  Both the violin and bass have played an integral role not only in European music but in all forms of American music, from Appalachia to New Orleans. In our compositions, we explore these different styles and dive into our own musical heritage - as Classical musicians, but also as Americans.