Acoustic new age folk music to be the focus of week-long residency coming to Southeastern Minnesota.
ROCHESTER, MN, - Acoustic Eidolon, featuring Joe Scott on double neck “guitjo” and Hannah Alkire on cello, continue to captivate audiences throughout the world with their signature "new acoustic" sound and boundless possibilities in blending Celtic, Americana, World & Flamenco musical influences
Acoustic Eidolon will spend the week (February 25 through March 1) in our local and surrounding elementary schools and libraries in a series of free performances, shedding some light on the history and origin of acoustic folk music; all leading up to a full-length ticketed concert at the Rochester Art Center on March 2.
ABOUT THE ARTIST(S):
Acoustic Eidolon, featuring Joe Scott on acoustic guitars, vocals and Hannah Alkire on cello & vocals are from Colorado and have graced stages throughout the US, Europe, Australia and Canada. With eleven CDs and a DVD to their credit, these endearing artists & story tellers continue to captivate audiences throughout the world with their signature “new acoustic” sound and boundless possibilities in blending Celtic, Americana, World & Flamenco music influences. Dirty Linen Magazine praises them as “a sumptuous musical feast.” They are described by the Swallow Hill Music Association as “an evening of brilliant instrumentality,” and Georgia’s Good Life Magazine enthuses, “Acoustic Eidolon offers concert-goers a chance to absorb some of the most powerful and intriguing music on the scene today.”
Their original sound is created by the mixing of their diverse musical backgrounds and their unusual instrumentation including the one-of-a-kind double neck guitjo, an instrument of Joe’s own design praised by USA Today as a “beautiful harp-like sounding instrument … like nothing we’ve ever heard before.” The double-neck guitjo has 14 strings and Joe has developed his own style and technique, playing both necks simultaneously. Classically-trained cellist Hannah Alkire studied with G. Magyar of the Hungarian String Quartet and is recognized internationally for her stunning tone, emotional, impeccable playing and for taking the cello places it’s never been before.
The two joined their personal lives after forming their musical alliance and were married in 2001. The result is a coupling of intricate and passionate music with genuine and engaging stories.
In celebration of national Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®), Acoustic Eidolon will spend the week (February 26 through March 2) in our local and surrounding elementary schools. Part of Riverside Concerts' Artist-In-the-Schools residency program which brings world-renowned artists directly to our young people while at school. With General Music and General Arts classes being dissolved and Band, Orchestra and Choir programs being pushed out of the curriculum, Riverside Concerts is committed, by way of our mission, to continue to bring artists to the local schools that will not only spark an interest in musical performance, but also to plant a seed that will help solidify our young people's future as ongoing arts patrons. This program builds community and camaraderie among the students while teaching them the history of different cultures and those cultures' forms of musical art. Brought to you by the Mayo Clinic, the Friends of Riverside Concerts, and Greater Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust.
Monday, February 25 - 10:00 AM -TBA
Monday, February 25 - 2:00 PM - TBA
Tuesday, February 26 - 9:30 AM - TBA
Tuesday, February 26 - 1:45 PM - TBA
Wednesday, February 27 - 9:30 AM - TBA
Wednesday, February 27 - 1:30 PM - TBA
Thursday, February 28 - 9:30 AM - TBA
Thursday, February 28 - 1:00 PM - TBA
Friday, March 01 - 9:45 AM - TBA
Friday, March 01 - 2:15 PM - TBA
FREE CONCERT-PREVIEW LIBRARY TOUR:
Acoustic Eidolon will also embark on a 5-city Southeastern Minnesota library tour featuring a 60 minute preview of their full-length concert. These mini-concerts are free and open to the general public. Attend the preview and receive a coupon for 10% off your ticket order for the full-length performance at the Rochester Art Center. Part of Riverside Concerts' Cultural Exchange Network which provides live musical events for citizens of rural communities who might not otherwise have access to such opportunities. This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Brought to you by the Mayo Clinic, the Friends of Riverside Concerts, and Greater Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust.
Monday, February 25 - 7:00 PM - TBA
Tuesday, February 26 - 6:30 PM - TBA
Wednesday, February 27 - 7:00 PM - TBA
Thursday, February 28 - 7:00 PM - TBA
Friday, March 01 - 7:00 PM - TBA
The week concludes with a full-length concert featuring Acoustic Eidolon at the Rochester Art Center on Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 PM. Brought to you by the Mayo Clinic, and KXLT Fox 47.
Single tickets are $17/$15.50 and can be purchased at Riverside Concerts in City Hall, the Mayo Civic Center and all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone through Riverside Concerts at (507) 328-2200 or (800) 657-3980, or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Riverside Concerts Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm. For more information, call (507) 328-2200 or (800) 657-3980 or visit us online at www.riversideconcerts.com.
Brought to you by the Friends of Riverside Concerts with additional support provided by the Mayo Clinic. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support Grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund. This project is made possible in part through funding from the Greater Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust.