Centre alumni, friends and family in the northeast can enjoy a taste of the bluegrass when the Kentucky Ensemble plays shows throughout New England next week.
The Kentucky Ensemble, comprised of Centre students, alumni and faculty and staff members, will perform at a variety of venues in Maine, Massachusetts, New York and Vermont during March 19-25, the week of Centre’s spring break.
Band members who will be playing and singing as part of the ensemble are Cassie Chambers ’16, Coordinator for Residence Life and Housing Jeri Howell ’16, Jimmy Kalb ’12, NEH Associate Professor of Music Dr. Nathan Link, retired professor of chemistry and environmental studies Dr. Conrad Shiba, and Braden Urevick ’16.
“I’m really excited to be able to experience going on tour—it’s always been a dream of mine,” says Urevick. “I’m especially looking forward to playing and spending time with a really great, fun and talented group of people.”
Those who turn out for the Kentucky Ensemble shows should prepare to hear—and join in with—music both old and new, and should also expect a bit of the unexpected.
“Audiences who have never seen us can expect a real mixture of traditional music and more contemporary material based on the traditions of the American South,” says Link. “We’re also focusing on making the show participatory through sing-a-longs. And there’s a surprise—a new element to our show that people will have to come and see for themselves.”
Most of all, the band looks forward to having a good time with audiences while sharing their music throughout New England.
“Folks should expect to experience a band of friendship and fun. We all really like one another and it shows on stage,” Howell says. “You will laugh with us, sing with us, dance with us, stomp your feet with us. It’s a treat to bring Kentucky to the northeast.”
Above, (from left): Kentucky Ensemble members Conrad Shiba, Cassie Chambers ’16, Jeri Howell ’16, Nathan Link, Jimmy Kalb ’12, and Braden Urevick ’16
by Elizabeth Trollinger
March 16, 2016