The New Harmony Music Festival & School will kick -off it’s 7th “concert season” with an intimate and joyous celebration of the holidays featuring old-style New Orleans piano music, Cajun fiddling and high-energy bluegrass from Nashville. The two show will take place during the “Christmas In New Harmony” weekend. The 1850s-era Historic Thrall’s Opera House of New Harmony, IN will be decorated for the occasion, and the shows, a matinee and evening performance, will be hosted by Greg Kostraba of WBAA Public Radio at Purdue, well-known to public radio listeners across the State of Indiana. The evening performance will be broadcast live on 88.3FM WNIN Public Radio, and stations across the Indiana Public Broadcasting Network.
New Orleans pianist Tom McDermott, is one of the great performers of traditional New Orleans-style piano…Especially the gospel and Mardi Gras music that that first made the city famous as “The birthplace of Jazz”. Fans can expect to hear favorites like “Just A Closer Walk With Thee” and “Tipitina” as well as more traditional Christmas favorites.
Nashville fiddle & Guitar duo Mike Barnett and Jordan Tice represent the very best of the young talent currently reviving the Bluegrass scene in “Music City” and will be covering the Bluegrass and Cajun bases. Both are national award-winners and have been featured on the newly-revamped A Prairie Home Companion with host, Chris Theile. NH Music Festival & School founder and director, Christopher Layer will also be on hand with his bagpipes to add a touch of celtic charm to the program.
The 7:30pm show will “go live” on the air at 8 PM CST on WNIN 88.3 FM radio and also streaming live on line at WNIN.org. Saturday December 2nd is also “Christmas In New Harmony”, with New Harmony merchants and shops celebrating the season, a parade, a visit from Santa Claus, outdoor music and holiday craft vendors in the Ribyre Gymnasium. For tickets and information go to www.newharmonymusicfest.com or call 812-472-4321