NACOGDOCHES - To close its 50th season of bringing nationally
acclaimed artists to Nacogdoches through the University Series, the
Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts will present
the American Bluegrass Masters Tour in W.M. Turner Auditorium at 7:30
p.m. Thursday, April 7.
The 15 musicians who will be picking, strumming and plucking their
instruments and uniting their voices in close harmonies are some of the
most highly regarded personalities in bluegrass music, explained Sylvia
Bierschenk, director of SFA Arts Information.
"Here, on one stage, we'll have the great mandolin player and vocalist
Bobby Osborne; two-time Grammy winner and guitarist Curtis Burch; and
renowned banjo player Sammy Shelor, who is a four-time winner of the
International Bluegrass Music Association's Banjo Player of the Year,"
The concert will open with the Dean Osborne Band and Curtis Burch,
followed by Bobby Osborne and the Rocky Top X-Press.
The second half of the program will feature Curtis Burch as a solo
artist, followed by The New South with special guest Sammy Shelor.
"We still have great seats available for this concert," said Diane J.
Flynn, Fine Arts Box Office manager. "We encourage patrons to purchase
their tickets ahead of time in order to avoid long lines on the night
of the concert and to arrive early to allow for parking."
Turner Auditorium is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222
Prior to the concert, Charlie Jones, retired SFA art professor and
local musician, will give an informative talk at 7 p.m. in Griffith
Gallery, located across the hall from Turner Auditorium. The audience
is invited back to the gallery after the performance for a reception
honoring the event's corporate sponsor, BancorpSouth, and to meet the
Tickets range from $17.50 to $35, with discounts available for seniors,
students and youth. For tickets or more information, please visit
www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.