Cellist Eugene Friesen and Pianist Tim Ray


BELLOWS FALLS >> Grammy Award winning cellist with the Paul Winter Consort, Eugene Friesen, and pianist for Lyle Lovett, Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin and others, Tim Ray, join forces for an evening of jazz, world music, and improvisation. The concert, at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St., on Friday at 7:30 p.m., is part of the Creative Cello Workshop led by Eugene Friesen taking place this same weekend.

Cellist Eugene Friesen, " takes the cello beyond its traditional home of the classical ensemble, opening the door to a new era for the soulful instrument" (Digital Audio). Through his unbridled improvisations, original compositions, and international workshops, Eugene Friesen has blazed new trails for classically trained musicians intent on discovering their creative musical voices. The recipient of four Grammy Awards as a member of the Paul Winter Consort, Friesen is a professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, an artist-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, and the Artistic Director of Stone Church Arts.

Perhaps best known as long-time pianist for Lyle Lovett, Tim Ray's wide-ranging skills as a soloist and accompanist have afforded him the opportunity to perform with legendary performers from all walks of music. Appearing on over 70 recordings to date, Tim has performed in concert with an extensive list of pop music icons, notably Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Jane Siberry and Soul Asylum. He regularly performs with leading figures in the jazz world, among them Gary Burton, Esperanza Spalding, Phil Woods, Scott Hamilton, Dave Douglas, Brian Blade, Lewis Nash and Rufus Reid, and his classical credits include solo performances and concerts with Gunther Schuller, the Boston Pops, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Boston Classical Orchestra.

A sought-after arranger and composer, Tim has penned numerous original works for his trio Tre Corda, for solo piano, big band, string orchestra, and an extensive body of writing for jazz trio and quartet. He is a grant recipient from the National Endowment for the Arts, and is currently on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music. Tim was previously on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music, has lectured and taught improvisation at Harvard University and MIT, and also conducts workshops and clinics at colleges and high schools throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Stone Church Arts and Sonoterra present cellist Eugene Friesen and Pianist Tim Ray on Friday, at 7:30 pm at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St., Bellows Falls. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets in advance are $17 general admission, $13 for seniors and $35 premium, reserved seating. Tickets at the door are $20 general and $15 for seniors. Advance tickets are available at Village Square Booksellers, Bellows Falls, and online at stonechurcharts.org. For additional information call 802-460-0110.


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