Edgar Meyer and Mike Marshall

Edgar Meyer and Mike Marshall

String virtuosos Mike Marshall, Edgar Meyer to appear at BGSU

The Festival Series welcomes the virtuosic duo of mandolin player Mike Marshall and bassist Edgar Meyer, in concert at 8 p.m. Friday (Oct. 12) in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center.

For more than 20 years, Marshall and Meyer have been at the vanguard of American instrumental string music.

Marshall is one of the world’s most accomplished and versatile acoustic musicians—a master of mandolin, guitar and violin whose playing is as imaginative and adventurous as it is technically thrilling. Able to swing gracefully from jazz to classical to bluegrass to Latin styles, he puts his stamp on everything he plays with an unusually potent blend of intellect and emotion, a combination of musical skill and instinct rare in the world of American vernacular instrumentalists.

Marshall can be heard on the “Car Talk” soundtrack recording every week on National Public Radio along with Earl Scruggs, David Grisman and Tony Rice. In addition, he composed and recorded the theme music for the San Francisco-based radio program “Forum,” heard daily on KQED radio.

Hailed by The New Yorker as "the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument," Meyer combines unparalleled technique and musicianship with a gift for composition, winning him a vast, varied audience. In recognition of his unique place in the world of music, the MacArthur Foundation named him in 2002 as one of the recipients of its prestigious "genius" grants.

A frequent guest at music festivals, Meyer has appeared as performer and composer at Aspen, Sante Fe, Tanglewood, Caramoor, Chamber Music Northwest and Marlboro. In 1994, he joined the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and continues to perform regularly with the ensemble. He is also a visiting professor of double bass at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

The Festival Forum, an informative lecture designed to enhance the concert-going experience, precedes the concert at 7:15 p.m.

For tickets, call the Moore Musical Arts Center Box Office at 2-8171.

October 8, 2007