String The­ory wel­comes Vieaux, Lark

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Grammy-win­ning gui­tarist Ja­son Vieaux and ac­claimed vi­o­lin­ist Tessa Lark will be the next per­form­ers in the cham­ber mu­sic series String The­ory.

Vieaux, cited by Gramophone as “among the elite of to­day’s clas­si­cal gui­tarists,” won a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Clas­si­cal In­stru­men­tal Solo for his most re­cent solo al­bum, “Play.” In June 2014, NPR named “Za­p­ateado” from the al­bum as one of its 50 Fa­vorite Songs of 2014 (So Far) and de­scribed Vieaux as “per­haps the most pre­cise and soul­ful clas­si­cal gui­tarist of his gen­er­a­tion.”

Known for his abil­ity to smoothly in­ter­twine soul­ful and clas­si­cal gen­res, he has per­formed as a soloist with al­most 100 or­ches­tras through­out the United States.

His lat­est al­bum, “In­fu­sion,” re­leased last month, in­cludes jazz gui­tarist Pat Metheny’s “An­to­nia,” which will be part of Tues­day’s pro­gram, along with works by Pi­az­zola, Tár­rega, Jobím, Bus­ta­mante, deFalla and Kreisler.

Lark, win­ner of the pres­ti­gious Naum­burg I nter­na­tional Vi­oli n Award, is con­sid­ered one of the most cap­ti­vat­ing artis­tic voices of her time. She has been con­sis­tently praised by crit­ics and au­di­ences alike for her as­tound­ing range of sounds, tech­ni­cal agility and mu­si­cal el­e­gance.

Keep­ing in touch with her Ken­tucky roots, Lark also ap­plies her violin to blue­grass and Ap­pala- chian mu­sic. She col­lab­o­rates fre­quently with Mark O’Connor, known for his fu­sion of blue­grass, jazz, coun­try and clas­si­cal mu­sic.

Now in its eighth sea­son, String The­ory is pre­sented by Lee Uni­ver­sity and the Hunter Mu­seum of Amer­i­can Art. It s founder and artis­tic di­rec­tor is pian­ist Glo­ria Chien.

Ja­son Vieaux

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Tessa Lark

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