Thursday October 31, 2013
Mandolin Master Chris Thile to Perform at University Auditorium
By: Jovahn Huertas
Florida may be a good state for bluegrass, but Chris Thile said he hardly ever gets the chance to stop by.
“I’m really looking forward to getting down there,” he said. “It’s kind of uncharted territory for me.”
The 32-year-old mandolin virtuoso and 2012 MacArthur Fellow will take the stage Friday at the University Auditorium.Thile is perhaps best known as the mandolinist and lead singer for Punch Brothers, a progressive bluegrass band known for blurring genre lines. However, Thile’s latest solo album, “Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1,” takes the musician straight into the classical realm. The album, which was released in August, features Thile’s mandolin transcriptions of Bach’s Sonata No. 1 in G minor, Partita No. 1 in B minor and Sonata No. 2 in A minor, all originally written for solo violin.
“I consider Bach the greatest musician who ever lived, and all serious musicians that I know want to interact with him at some point,” Thile said. “I wanted to interact with a great man in my own humble way.”