Concert Will Feature Guest Violinist

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aOh yeah, I was really nervous,a Ray says. aStill doing any kind of TV makes me really nervous. Very hard for me to feel like I have my wits about me and can sing and be the person that I want to be. He was nice to us. We were so young. But he seemed like a really nice guy.a Ray and Saliers were on the cusp of a big music career that would sustain them to this day. Mind you, there had been some help along the way, not least from fellow Georgians R.E.M., also a hot commodity at the time. Michael Stipe and other members of the band performed on their eponymous album and they took them out on tour with them, showing the Indigo Girls the bridges and byways of rock stardom. That first major label album would go on to sell platinum and earn the two a Grammy for best contemporary folk album. They were also up for best new artist that year, but lost out to Milli Vanilli, who would ultimately and infamously have to give back their hardware. The two first met in grade school in DeKalb County, Ga., just down the road from Decatur. Ray was 10 and Saliers 11, the only other kid in school who played guitar. Saliers was big on Joni Mitchell and a huge Jackson 5 fan and was already writing her own songs, while Ray was always more the rocker of the two, a big fan of Neil Young, Janis Joplin and the entire Southern Rock oeuvre. But for a brief dalliance with separate post-secondary educations, the two have played together from the start, for a while as the B-Band, then as Saliers and Ray, but mostly as the Indigo Girls.

New Ground concert highlights week ahead in Huntsville area (Video)

in the fellowship hall. There will also be a cake auction and snacks available for sale during the concert. The dinner, auction, snack sale, and concert will benefit the building fund for a local resident in need of a new house. Shipps Baptist Church is located on Little Cove Road in Gurley, Alabama, one block south of U.S. Highway 72 and just east of Rock Cut Road. For more information, call 256-776-9452. Other events happening this week… SCOTTISH FESTIVAL AND HIGHLAND GAMES at Sharon Johnson Park, Friday, October 4, and Saturday, October 5. LOVES IT in concert at Lowe Mill Village Concerts on the Dock on Friday, October 4. VILLAGE OF PROMISE presents Marian Wright Edelman at the VBC North Hall on Thursday, October 4. ALABAMA A&M CONCERT in the VBC Arena on Friday, October 4. SPA & SWIM SPA SHOW in the VBC South Hall on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 4-6. JIM PARKER’S SONGWRITERS SERIES featuring Gary Nicholson, Pam Rose, Colin Linden, & Luke Nicholson in the VBC Playhouse on Friday, October 4. HSO presents “McDuffie Plays Bernstein” in the VBC Concert Hall on Friday, October 4th.

Through Rosand’s influence, she continues the legacy and tradition of Leopold Auer and his legendary school of violin playing, according to a release from CUSO. The Oct. 5 concert will mark the first for Alltop, who succeeded Steven Larsen. The program: Ernest Chausson’s “Pome for Violin and Orchestra,” Op. 25, with Koljonen on violin. Maurice Ravel’s “Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra,” featuring Koljonen again. Michael Daugherty’s “Red Cape Tango.” Ravel’s “Daphnis et Chlo,” Suites 1 and 2. Recognized as one of the most celebrated violinists of her generation, Koljonen has performed in more than 100 cities throughout the world. She initially received international acclaim after she became the first recipient of the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Award and silver medalist of the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition. Her playing has been lauded by the Helsingin Sanomat (Helsinki) as “sparkling, sensual and personal.” Chicago Tribune critic Dan Tucker wrote, “She displayed boundless technique and musicianship.” And a critic for The Detroit News wrote, “Koljonen brings to her playing not just assured technique but unflinching purpose and confidence.” Also an avid chamber musician, Koljonen appears regularly at festivals throughout North America, Europe and Asia. She garnered critical acclaim for her debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and for her performance with the London Mozart Players and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo in a concert celebrating the 700th anniversary of the Grimaldi Dynasty.