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Kittel & Co. Brings Classical & Jazz-Inspired Bluegrass to the Mahaney Center for the Arts

October 19, 2018

Fiddler of “A Prairie Home Companion” Fame to Headline October 27 Concert

Middlebury, VT—American fiddler, violinist, and composer Jeremy Kittel draws from traditional roots, jazz, Celtic, classical, electronic, and more. He has worked with such extraordinary artists as Abigail Washburn, Jars of Clay, Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, and the Turtle Island Quartet. For his upcoming performance at Middlebury College on Saturday, October 27, he will lead his quartet Kittel & Co., featuring genre-bending guitarist Quinn Bachand, hammered dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman, and mandolin phenom Josh Pinkham.

Kittel & Co.’s program will include work from their newest CD, Whorls, called “devastatingly beautiful…a stunning melting pot of classical and folk music, featuring some of the greatest musicians in the genre”  by Earmilk.com.  Whorls was released in June and quickly hit number one on Billboard’s Bluegrass charts and number six on Classical. Kittel played some of his compositions on the Oct 10, 2015 broadcast of “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Performing Arts Series fans might notice that this concert is rescheduled from last season. Director Allison Coyne Carroll explains, “Kittel & Co. were scheduled to perform in Middlebury last April, but Winter Storm Toby had something else in mind…and Jeremy fell on the ice and broke his arm. His bandmate, mandolinist Josh Pinkham, put together an impromptu trio and wowed our Robison Hall crowd. We couldn’t be more thrilled that Jeremy has made a speedy recovery and we’ve got him back in the house.”

Special note: Singer-songwriter and Middlebury College student Aidan O’Brien ’20 will perform for arriving patrons in the upper lobby of the Mahaney Arts Center starting at 7:00 P.M.

 

About Jeremy Kittel

Previously of the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet, Jeremy Kittel has been a composer-arranger-collaborator for such diverse artists as My Morning Jacket, Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble, and Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn. He blazes through a Bach violin partita as easily as a Scottish reel, bringing the same intense focus and precision to both. For the last few years the Michigan native, now based in Brooklyn, has been diligently building his own repertoire of music for a wholly original new group.

Kittel has a master’s degree in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and received the 2010 Emerging Artist Award from his alma mater, the University of Michigan.  He has received numerous other awards over the years, including the US National Scottish Fiddle Championship, six Detroit Music Awards, and two ASTA Alternative Style awards.  He was also the first recipient of the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin.

“…A super, super musical force as a violinist, fiddler, composer, and improviser. He has a well-earned reputation as one of the most exceptional violinists and fiddlers of his generation…”Brian O’Donovan, WGBH Radio

 

Performance Details

Kittel & Co. will perform on Saturday, October 27 at 7:30 P.M. at the Mahaney Center for the Arts’ Robison Hall, with Aidan O’Brien’s pre-show performance starting at 7:00 P.M. The Mahaney Center is located on the campus of Middlebury College, at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 South/S. Main Street. Parking is available curbside on Route 30 or in the Center for the Arts parking lot. General admission tickets are $22 for adults; $16 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, emeriti, and alumni; $10 for youth; and $6 for Middlebury College students; and are on sale at 802-443-MIDD (6433) or www.middlebury.edu/arts/tickets.

 

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(top right and bottom left) Jeremy Kittel will perform with chart-topping bluegrass ensemble Kittel & Co. on October 27 at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts. Photo Corrina Van Hamlin

(top left) Jeremy Kittel will perform with chart-topping bluegrass ensemble Kittel & Co. on October 27 at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts. Photo Andrew Potter

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