Nov 27, 2018 |
Nashville musicians with family ties to country music legends will celebrate the holiday season in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
“A Music City Christmas,” the fourth concert in the 2018-19 Friends of Good Music performance series, features guitarist Meagan Taylor, a niece of the late Chet Atkins, and pianist Jason Coleman, grandson of the late Floyd Cramer.
Growing up in the family of guitar legend Atkins, Taylor was surrounded by a heritage of music, but it was only after she graduated from high school that she seriously began to develop her innate talents and pursue music as a career. Though her uncle taught her to play the fiddle as a child, Taylor was 18 when she first picked up a guitar and turned to her Uncle Chester for help in the months before he passed away.
In the years since, Taylor has continued learning her uncle’s distinctive fingerstyle guitar from his closest friends and fans. She has recorded a guitar album of her own as well as two collaborations with Coleman — “Revival” and “A Tennessee Christmas.”
Coleman has played the piano for as long as he can remember. As a child, he performed with Cramer on several occasions at concerts and on national TV. Coleman was only 12 when “Grandad” passed away, but the relationship they shared formed the foundation upon which Coleman has built his own career in music.
Coleman made his Grand Ole Opry debut when he was just 17, and two years later he was given the honor of playing for the Medallion Ceremony recognizing his grandfather’s induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Since then, he has spent his career in the studio and on stage, producing a collection of his own albums and performing across the country in concerts that pay tribute to his grandfather’s enduring legacy and signature piano style.
In “A Music City Christmas,” Taylor and Coleman will perform a mix of holiday-themed vocal and instrumental songs. The concert spotlights their vocal harmonies with a variety of pop, country, jazz, and intimate acoustic arrangements of Christmas classics old and new.
Taylor’s fingerstyle guitar and Coleman’s “slip note” piano pay tribute to the signature sound made famous by Atkins and Cramer.
The concert features Taylor on guitar and Coleman on piano backed by drums and bass. During the concert, heartwarming photos and videos will be shared on screen, providing a look back at Taylor and Coleman’s most cherished Christmas memories.
“A Music City Christmas is sure to be an audience favorite,” said Ludwig Brunner, executive director of the Quick Center. “We are delighted to present these wonderful musicians from Nashville at St. Bonaventure, and to bring a little Tennessee to your Christmas, no matter where you are.”
Special single ticket prices for nonsubscribers to the Friends of Good Music performance season are available for this performance: $25 at full price, $16 for senior citizens and St. Bonaventure employees, and $5 for students.
For tickets and information, call The Quick Center at (716) 375-2494.
For each Friends of Good Music performance, The Quick Center will open its galleries one hour before the performance and keep them open throughout the intermission. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Museum admission is free and open to the public year round. For more information, visit www.sbu.edu/quickcenter
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