Date:   10/22/2005

Confluence: A Duet of Words and Music—

Classical guitarist, Stuart Weber, and author, Alan Kesselheim, will appear in concert at Thrasher Opera House on October 22, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.

 

Weber and Kesselheim have created a unique artistic partnership by blending their work in a performance format.  Both men have pursued successful, decades-long careers before coming together to produce Confluence.

 

Largely self-taught, Weber’s signature style has engaged audiences throughout North America, from intimate halls to the Kennedy Center.  The Denver Post has called him., “a western original.”  Weber’s only formal training came at the age of 26, when he studied with renowned guitar virtuoso Christopher Parkening.  In addition to innovative transcriptions of Dvorak and Bartok, Weber has created a large body of original material recorded on five acclaimed CDs by Bridger Records.

 

Kesselheim is the award-winning author of eight books and hundreds of essays and stories published in national magazines such as Audubon, Outside, Backpacker, Big Sky Journal, High Country News, Canoe & Kayak, Men’s Journal, and many others.  He, too, has achieved his success without formal training or degrees, and credits experiences in wild places for much of his literary inspiration.  The Boulder Daily Camera laudes Kesselheim’s “perceptive observations recorded with the eye of a naturalist and the ear of a poet.”

 

Weber and Kesselheim were brought together by request to perform a concert in the arts and letters series held in the Midwest.  They had never worked together before, and were only vaguely aware of each other’s art.  What has transpired since is a collaboration that intertwines their voices in a new and provocative way.  Their pieces blend images and music to evoke scenes and experience in a stirring performance unlike anything else on the concert stage.  Many of their pieces respond to fundamental natural themes: the currents of great rivers, the exhilaration of wind-buffeted peaks, and the quiet awe of a moonless prairie night.

 

On stage, at outdoor festival, or in intimate venues, Weber and Kesseheim entrance and engage audiences.  Concert-goers have described them as “authentic”, inspiring”, and “powerful”. 

 

Confluence: A Duet of Words and Music celebrates the exploration of art form and combines the work of two accomplished Montana artists in a revolutionary format.  Their work is available on a new CD release on Bridger Records titles “Confluence LIVE” recorded at the Museum of the Rockies in March 2004.

 

Tickets for this special double-billed concert, generously sponsored by the Green Lake State Bank and Heidel House are only $12 and available at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake State Bank (Green Lake); Ripon Drug, Pick ‘N Save (Ripon); Twister (Princeton); Berlin Chamber (Berlin) or by calling (920)294-4279.  Online tickets available at www.thrasheroperahouse.com.

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