Chamber Music Sedona Reunites 3 Acclaimed Musicians for ‘Unbound’ Concert

Tessa Lark (Photo by Lauren Desberg/courtesy Chamber Music Sedona)

On Sunday, February 6, Chamber Music Sedona will present “Unbound,” a concert performed by violinist Tessa Lark, jazz guitarist Frank Vignola and pianist Teddy Abrams.

Presenting a program that includes classical, jazz, improvisation and originals, these three multifaceted artists are sure to create an unforgettable concert experience. “Unbound” will take place at 3 p.m. at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road.

Praised for her astounding range of sound, technical agility and musical elegance, cross-border violinist Tessa Lark has performed with many orchestras and at top festivals and recital halls since her concerto debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at the age of 16. coveted awards, including a 2020 Grammy Award nomination for Best Classical Instrumental Solo and a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Fellowship.

In 2019, Lark released his first solo album, “Fantasy”, which features his own “Appalachian Fantasy” and a variety of classic works in fantasy form. She’s been featured on other recordings, including Grammy-nominated “SKY,” whose title selection is a bluegrass-inspired violin concerto written for her by Michael Torke. A graduate of the New England Conservatory with an Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School, Lark is also an acclaimed violinist in the tradition of her native Kentucky.

Described by The New York Times as “one of guitar’s brightest stars”, legendary jazz guitarist Frank Vignola is renowned for his breathtaking technique and astonishing virtuosity. Vignola has earned a reputation as the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s finest musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, John Lewis, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, the Boston Pops, New York Pops and Les Paul , who named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitarists List” for The Wall Street Journal. In addition to countless performances at some of the world’s most illustrious venues, Vignola has recorded over 30 CDs as a frontman and guest-starred on hundreds of recordings. He has also written over 18 educational music books and produced numerous comprehensive video instructional courses for guitarists of all skill levels.

An exceptionally versatile musician, Teddy Abrams is the widely acclaimed Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra and Music Director and Conductor of the Britt Festival Orchestra. A tireless advocate for the power of music, Abrams has fostered interdisciplinary collaborations with various cultural organizations nationwide. From guest conducting roles with prominent orchestras around the world to his rap opera, “The Greatest: Muhammad Ali” – a celebration of the Louisville hometown hero that premiered with an all-star cast in 2017 – Abrams’ talents span a wide range of genres. He is also an accomplished pianist and clarinetist who has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras and performed chamber music with the St. Petersburg String Quartet, Menahem Pressler and many others, in addition to his annual appearances at the Olympic Music Festival. Known for his dedication to exploring new, engaging ways to communicate with a wide range of audiences, Abrams is also an award-winning composer and passionate educator.

Chamber Music Sedona is thrilled to present these three extraordinary artists as they perform the works of Grieg, Kreisler, Gershwin, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock and other icons. Tickets for “Unbound” are $40 for adults and $15 for students ages 13-21 with ID. Admission is free for children 12 and under. Reserved seating is available for $60 per ticket. To learn more and buy tickets, visit ChamberMusicSedona.org/2022-unbound/.

Information provided by Chamber Music Sedona.

Corina C. Butler