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Classical Bassist Edgar Meyer to Perform March 18 for Diehn Concert Series

Solo classical bassist Edgar Meyer, a Grammy and MacArthur Award winner, will perform Monday, March 18, for the F. Ludwig Diehn Concert Series. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Chandler Recital Hall of the Diehn Center for the Performing Arts.

Prominently established as a masterful instrumentalist, Meyer delights his audiences as a vibrant performer and an innovative composer. He has been hailed by The New Yorker as "the most remarkable virtuoso in the history of his instrument."

Collaborations are a major aspect of Meyer's work. He joined with violinist Joshua Bell and bluegrass musicians Sam Bush and Mike Marshall to form a quartet featuring a fusion of classical and bluegrass musical styles. The album, "Short Trip Home," was nominated for a Grammy award as Best Classical Crossover album.

Meyer is a sought-after guest bass player for an assortment of recording artists, such as Garth Brooks, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Hank Williams Jr., Emmylou Harris, James Taylor, Lyle Lovett and the Chieftains.

A frequent guest at music festivals, Meyer has appeared at Aspen, Tanglewood, Caramoor, Sante Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest and Marlboro. In 1994, he joined the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center ,with which he continues to perform. Currently, he is visiting professor of double bass at the Royal Academy of Music and at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at http://oduartstix.com or by calling 683-5305 during regular box office hours.

The program is funded by the Diehn Fund at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.