The renowned Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic announces that its Spring Soirée Hometown Concert will be held Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Saline High School’s Ellen Ewing Performing Arts Center.
The show will open with performances by the 6th Grade and 7th/8th grade Fiddle Clubs, led by Saline orchestra teachers Ben Culver and Matthew Briere. Next, guest artist Bill Bynum & Co. will take the stage. Bill Bynum & Co. is a folk group that plays both traditional and original country which they blend with their own unique bluegrass sound. We are especially proud to host these engaging musicians because the bass player is Scott Kendall, Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic’s own Assistant Artistic Director.
After a brief intermission the show will continue as Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic takes the stage, led by their new Artistic Director, Ashley Grebe. The fiddlers will present a lively and captivating show with an outstanding array of music, song, and dance, including many traditional favorites.
Ashley is a native of Vernon Hills, IL. She completed her undergraduate degree in Music Education at DePaul University School of Music and promptly accepted a position in Glencoe, IL as Director of Orchestras. While there, she founded an extracurricular fiddle club for her students. In 2010, Ashley moved to Israel, learned Hebrew, and then enrolled at Tel Aviv University, graduating with a Master’s of Music Education in 2014. While in Israel, Ashley taught hundreds of violin students and formed a world music ensemble which performed music from many different cultures, exposing the students to styles including Irish, Latin, and Klezmer.
Ashley and her fiancé relocated to Ann Arbor last August. She says, “It is almost unbelievable that we stumbled into an area with such a cohesive arts community. That is something I knew and loved from my home in Vernon Hills.” She sees her new position of leadership as a balance of visions: the 22-year history of Saline fiddling, where the student musicians see themselves going as a group, and her personal artistic vision.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for ticket sales and Shar Music’s popular Instrument Petting Zoo. This will include several different stringed instruments, and all future fiddlers are invited to pick one up and have a go at fiddling!
Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic is a 22-piece string ensemble consisting of students at Saline High School, all of whom share in producing a unique ensemble truly their own. Students are chosen based not only on musical talent, but personal maturity, as well as balancing a demanding performance schedule while maintaining high standards in other school activities, sports, and academics.
Tickets for The Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic Spring Soirée Hometown Concert will be available at the door for $10, $5 for students/kids. For additional information on this event or Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic, please call (866)257-5333 or visit www.salinefiddlers.com.