The DePue Brothers Band, internationally acclaimed performers who coined the term “grassical” to describe their sound, a mix of bluegrass, classical music and a little of everything else, will perform at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7.
It is the fourth concert of the 2014/15 Friends of Good Music season.
Originally from Bowling Green, Ohio, the DePue brothers – Alex, Wallace, Jason and Zachary – are classical violin virtuosos whose sound encompasses a vivid blend of several American fiddling styles such as bluegrass, old-time and Texas swing, along with classical, jazz, folk, American country and rock. From their beginning as a musical family group, they have been making music together for more than 25 years.
They were named “American Musical Family of the Year” in 1989, by decree of President George H. Bush, and were the subject of a nationally televised PBS documentary in 1993 titled "The DePue Family Musicians: Music for Every Occasion.”
Brothers Jason and Zachary were featured in the film documentary "Music From the Inside Out" in 2005. The first DePue Brothers CD, "Classical Grass," recorded on Nashville’s "Music Row" in 2003, sold out of its first printing in less than three months. The band's most recent CD, "Weapons of Grass Construction,” was released in 2010.
For their 2014 tour, “A Magical Grassical Chistmas,” brothers Alex, Wallace and Jason are joined by a cast of musical all-stars: Don Liuzzi, principal timpanist/percussionist of the Philadelphia Orchestra; Mark Cosgrove, 1995 national flat-picking guitar champion; legendary banjoist Mike Munford; and longtime Philadelphia jazz bassist Kevin MacConnell.
The band has been called “one of the most breathtaking, eclectically diverse musical groups in existence in the United States today.” Larry Groce, the host and artistic director of National Public Radio’s “Mountain Stage,” proclaimed: “The DePue Brothers – nice guys, great players, and the audience jumped up and cheered. How much better does it get?”
Single ticket prices for Friends of Good Music performances are $20 at full price, $16 for senior citizens and St. Bonaventure staff, and $5 for students. For tickets and information, call The Quick Center at (716) 375-2494.
For each Friends of Good Music performance, The Quick Center will open its galleries one hour before the performance and keep them open throughout the intermission. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Museum admission is free and open to the public year round. For more information, visit www.sbu.edu/quickcenter.
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