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Rappahannock Concert Association Artists 2021 ~ 2022 Season

Nashville Legacy – The Music of Floyd Cramer, Chet Atkins & the Nashville Sound

Jason Coleman, Floyd’s Grandson, & Meagan Taylor, Chet’s Niece

Floyd Cramer’s unique “slip note” piano style was an essential part of countless country, pop and rock hits in the 1950s and ‘60s and is widely regarded as the standard for country piano. Chet Atkins’ innovative thumb-and-two-finger guitar style led him to become known as one of the world’s preeminent guitar virtuosos, and many of the records he produced for RCA have become classics.

Though Floyd and Chet have passed away, their Nashville Legacy lives on through Floyd’s grandson, pianist Jason Coleman, and Chet’s niece, guitarist Meagan Taylor. Jason and Meagan bring new life to the “Nashville Sound” pioneered by their legendary forerunners. They play songs like Floyd’s “Last Date” on piano and Chet’s “Freight Train” on guitar, as well as sing the music of Patsy Cline, the Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley, all of whose careers were influenced by Floyd and Chet.

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The Georgia Guitar Quartet

The Georgia Guitar Quartet (GGQ) (Kyle Dawkins, Brian Smith, Phil Snyder, and Jason Solomon) are a pioneering ensemble on the American chamber music and classical guitar scenes. These four musicians from the southeastern United States deliver a high-energy blend of breathtaking virtuosity and imaginative programming while taking an adventurous approach to classical music. Borrowing from both the past and present, the GGQ draws inspiration from the ever-evolving palette of music that has influenced them: classical masters such as Bach and Brahms, experimentalists in the vein of Cage and Stockhausen, and contemporary rock icons like Led Zeppelin and Radiohead. Audiences at a GGQ concert experience an exciting musical journey through an expansive array of genres, continents and time periods. The incredible range and interactive spontaneity of a performance by the GGQ continually leaves audiences with something to remember, resulting in a thrilling new way to experience chamber music in the 21st century.

Formed in 1996, the GGQ has been featured on American Public Media's Performance Today on dozens of occasions. Their five critically acclaimed albums include their own arrangements and compositions, and their recordings have been featured on the HBO series High Maintenance.

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Rainier Trio - A Night at the Movies

Since 2008, the Rainier Trio has been captivating audiences with gems from the violin-viola-piano trio repertoire. Violinist Kevin Matheson, Bryan Matheson playing the viola, and pianist Brenda Wittwer, comprise the trio. Hailed as “two perfect virtuosos” at their international performance debut, Kevin and Bryan Matheson of the Classic Strings Duo, were received with critical acclaim at their Carnegie Weill Recital Hall début and have performed internationally. They teamed up with Ms. Wittwer, who started piano lessons at age 4, earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano pedagogy, and has performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.

The program for “A Night at the Movies” will include music from movie scores, such as “Schindler’s List” and “Fiddler on the Roof,” both composed by John Williams; and “The Sting,” composed by Scott Joplin.

The Rainier Trio is supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Embraceable You – The Music of George Gershwin

In this scintillating show, acclaimed as musical theatre at its finest, Dean and Lisa Ferguson Balkwill sing, dance, and act with aplomb. Four purveyors of syncopation: a pianist, bass player, drummer, and saxophonist, assist them. The sizzling dance numbers, nostalgic ballads, and romantic comedy, set under the Paris sky, take the audience back to the days when Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse tripped the light fantastic.

Prior to becoming a team, Dean performed on Broadway in “The Lion King” and “Rent.” Lisa sang and danced in the film “Chicago” and subsequently appeared in a Broadway production of “Cabaret.”

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The Alexandria Harmonizers

From the Great Wall of China and Normandy’s Omaha Beach, to Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, one of the greatest men’s choruses on the east coast has lived its mission of enriching lives through vocal harmony. The Alexandria Harmonizers, chartered in 1948, won their first Barbershop Harmony Society International gold medal in 1986, and have earned the title 3 more times. They have earned 15 other International medals and have been the Mid-Atlantic District chorus champion 25 times. Senator John Glenn, a long-time chorus fan, took 2 Harmonizer CDs on his second trip into space on the Discovery shuttle! Over fifty Harmonizers will present an entertaining, a cappella, four-part harmony program.

This performance is supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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The Drifters

The Drifters, who are grouped in the rhythm and blues, doo wop, soul, and pop genres, have been entertaining the world since 1953. They served to link the fifties rhythm and blues with the sixties soul music. During their recording career at Atlantic Records, which lasted from late 1953 to early 1966, their hits included “There Goes My Baby,” “Save the Last Dance for Me,” and “This Magic Moment.” The Drifters set musical trends and gave the public 13 chart hits, most of which are legendary recordings today. Although the composition of The Drifters has changed through the years, they continue to maintain a consistently high standard as they update the venerable harmony group’s sound for the post-funk generation.

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