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March 20 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm| $20.00
A moving combination of Celtic, classical and contemporary folk, described by critics as pure musical poetry. That’s the art of classically trained celloist, Hannah Alkire and her husband, Joe Scott, who plays on his own double-neck string invention, a cross between a guitar and banjo. They take the stage at the Soper Reese Theatre on Wednesday, March 20, at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $20 open seating.
This promises to be a performance of passionate, ethereal and lush acoustic instrumentality. The duo are experienced and gifted musicians who quickly connect with an audience through Joe’s quick humor and Hannah’s wall-to-wall smile. Their show has been called “a sumptuous instrumental feast” by Dirty Linen, and “contemporary instrumental music par excellence offering warm, emotional melodies,” by CD Review.
Tickets are available at soperreesetheatre.com; at the theatre’s Box Office, 275 S. Main St., Lakeport, two hours before show time; at The Travel Center, 1265 S. Main St., Lakeport, Monday-Friday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Theatre telephone is 707-263-0577; Travel Center phone is 707-263-3095.
More About Hannah
She grew up in Champaign, Illinois, started playing the piano at the age of four and the cello at eight. Her father played the piano. Her mother was a music instructor, and her sister played the violin. These musical genes trace back to Hannah’s grandparents who opened a music business in 1929 and thrived. Love of music was simply the way of life.
Hannah studied cello with Gabriel Magyar of the Hungarian String Quartet, and was classically trained. Eager to stretch herself, Hannah moved out of the strictly classical world and started playing with rock, funk, and alternative groups. She was also a founding member of the Anasazi String Quartet whose repertoire included everything from Dvorak to Zepplin, baroque to The Grateful Dead. It was when she moved to Boulder, Colorado that she began playing with Joe Scott and together they formed Acoustic Eidolon.
When Hannah was diagnosed with lymphoma and underwent several months of chemotherapy, she continued to rehearse with Joe until they were ready for their first tour. Acoustic Eidolon was a source of hope and an anchor during this challenging time and now that she has recovered, she and Joe are committed to bringing joy to as many people as possible through their music.
More About Joe
Colorado native, Joe, grew up surrounded by not only the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains, but also a vibrant acoustic-based music scene. He began playing the acoustic guitar at age 12, and the 5-string banjo at 14. He excelled on the banjo and won many contests at regional bluegrass festivals by the age of 16. He attended the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, CA when he was 23, studying acoustic and electric guitar with many of the world’s finest players, such as Robin Ford, Tommy Tedesco, and Joe Pass. During this time he began to experiment with stringing a standard 6-string acoustic guitar to sound like a 5-string banjo. Now he could play all his banjo licks on an acoustic guitar and create a new sound. This was the beginning of the Guitjo.
After graduating GIT, Joe toured the country with the New Christy Minstrels, a popular 1960’s folk group, then returned home to start the group Wind Machine with Steve Mesple.
All seats $20
Theatre members (Patron Level and above) receive an automatic discount online and in advance at the box offfice, or ask for it at the door.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
7:00 pm Doors open 6:30