The Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center presents The Kruger Brothers, a modern bluegrass trio, on Friday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Born and raised in Europe, brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger started singing and playing instruments at a very young age. The brothers were performing regularly by the time they were eleven and twelve years old. CBS Records contracted with Jens and Uwe when Jens was just seventeen years old, and shortly thereafter, the Krugers hosted a radio show on SRG SSR, the Swiss Public broadcast group. Several years later, the brothers teamed up with bass player Joel Landsberg, a native of New York City who also had a very extensive musical upbringing in classical and jazz music (studying with jazz great Milt Hinton), thus forming a trio that has been playing professionally together since 1995.
Together, they established the incomparable sound that The Kruger Brothers are known for today, the honesty of their writing becoming a hallmark of the trio’s work. In their ever-expanding body of work, The Kruger Brothers – Jens Kruger (banjo and vocals), Uwe Kruger (guitar and lead vocals), and Joel Landsberg (bass and vocals) – personify the spirit of exploration and innovation that forms the core of the American musical tradition.
Ehnes String Quartet
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center welcomes virtuosic violinist James Ehnes in the eponymous Ehnes String Quartet for an evening of astounding music-making on Thursday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Hailed as “an important new force in the chamber music arena” with a “dream-team line-up” (Strings Magazine), the Ehnes Quartet is comprised of four internationally renowned string musicians: violinists James Ehnes and Amy Schwartz Moretti, violist Che-Yen Chen, and cellist Edward Arron. Formally established in 2010 at the Seattle Chamber Music Society, where they maintain a yearly residence, the members of the Ehnes Quartet have played chamber music together in various formations for more than 20 years. James Ehnes’ extensive discography of more than 60 releases has won many awards including two Grammy Awards, two Gramophone Awards, and 11 Junos.
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First Street in the downtown River District. For tickets and info, visit www.sbdac.com or call 239-333-1933.