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Jan. 11, 2005

Edgar Meyer And Chris Thile Perform In Hancher Jan. 26

Versatile bassist Edgar Meyer and Nickel Creek mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile will perform a category-shattering concert of acoustic music at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, in Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.

Meyer has won roots-music, jazz and classical followings for his collaborations with artists ranging from jazz/bluegrass banjo picker Bela Fleck and bluegrass veterans Mike Marshall and Sam Bush, to classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Joshua Bell. Also an admired composer and a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Meyer has been described as "quite simply the best bassist alive."

With collaborators Yo-Yo Ma and Mark O'Connor, Meyer won wide acclaim with the release of "Appalachia Waltz," which topped the charts for weeks. The trio toured extensively in the United States and was featured both on "Late Night with David Letterman" and the televised 1997 Inaugural Gala. "Appalachian Journey," the follow-up to "Appalachia Waltz," was released in March 2000.

Hailed as a child prodigy, Thile founded Nickel Creek at the age of eight and released his first solo recording at the age of 12. At the age of 20 he released his third solo effort, "Not All Who Wander Are Lost." In 2001 he was named Mandolin Player of the Year by the Instrumental Bluegrass Association, while wearing out the critics' supply of superlatives.

Nickel Creek, which performed on the 35th Country Music Association awards show in 2001, has received two Grammy nominations, was Instrumental Bluegrass Music Association Instrumental Group of the Year, and has been credited with virtually re-inventing bluegrass, while also attracting a contemporary Christian following through its musical expressions of faith.

Together, the music of Meyer and Thile promises to cover the gamut of their interests, and perhaps carve out some new territory.

The Edgar Meyer/Chris Thile concert is supported by Scheels All Sports, through the University of Iowa Foundation, with media support from the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

Tickets are $30, $28 and $25 ($27 and $15 for UI students; $27, $25.20 and $22.50 for senior citizens; and $21, $19.60 and $17.50 for youth) from the Hancher box office.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours beginning Jan. 18 are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to 319-353-2284. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website:

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