NEW CONCORD — On Sunday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m., the Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra will perform its opening concert of the 2019-20 season featuring banjoist Tony Ellis. A unique and original pairing, the concert will feature Tony’s music with orchestral accompaniment. The concert takes place at Brown Chapel on the campus of Muskingum University.

Previously featured on the David Letterman Show, with fellow banjoist and actor Steve Martin, "APPALCHIAN ELOQUENCE" best describes the music of Tony Ellis who plays captivating folk music from the Appalachian and Celtic traditions as well as his original music written in this same vein. The rich, timeless lyricism that he brings to his instrument defies stereotypes. Tony "has reached beyone tradition as he inherited it, yet continues in its aura." Often described as "the backwoods Bach," Tony was introduced by Joe Wilson on the 1993/4 National Council for Traditional Arts’ Masters of Banjo tour as "a banjo and fiddle player of astounding skill and innovation, a legend among people who really know bluegrass and old-time music. His skills as a composer match his instrumental abilities and he has created numerous stunningly beautiful solo pieces for the banjo." His style has been described by Stephen Wade (Banjo Dancing) as "an exact intersection of eras: emplying an old-time tuning with a Scruggs-style right hand, he had united two of the great currents of Appalachian banjo." Tony’s highly eclectic mixture of old time tunings, a touch of Scruggs, traditional tunes and other melodic creations bends to belie current musical categorization, but many call it true "Americana". "Tony Ellis is a treasure." – Tony Trischka

Also on the program will be the beloved and famous Symphony #5 by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Don’t miss the Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra’s opening concert with some of the most enjoyable, unusual music in Southeast Ohio!

Tickets are $15 available in advance or at the door by calling 740-826-8197. Visit the symphony’s website at Season tickets are still available!

Further information, contact 740-826-8314