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Simon Mulligan at The Sembrich. Photo credit: YM Photography

DePue Brothers Band performs August 3

Violin-playing DePue Brothers at The Sembrich

—An eclectic mix coined as “grassical” music—

  BOLTON LANDING, NY —  Although violinist Jason DePue concludes his day on Wednesday, August 3rd, with a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at SPAC, the Philadelphia Orchestra member’s afternoon sets off in rollicking fashion with a 1:30 concert by the DePue Brothers Band at the Sembrich Opera Museum in Bolton Landing.  Tickets are $15.

Led by violin-playing siblings Alex and Jason, the DePue Brothers Band delivers a vivid blend of bluegrass, classical and rock genres.  Asked to categorize their unique repertoire, the DePue Brothers coined the term “grassical, the fusion of American grass-roots and classical music” as the best description of their style.

Joining the brothers onstage are Mark Cosgrove, a National Flat-picking Guitar Champion, Mike Munford, the 2013 Bluegrass International Association’s “Banjo Player of the Year,” Kevin MacConnell, doghouse bass and on drums, Don Liuzzi, principle timpanist of Philadelphia Orchestra.

Selections on tap for the afternoon fiddle-fest include Aaron Copland’s “Hoe Down,” the Beatles’ “Fixin’ a Hole,” Jay Unger’s “Ashokan Farewell” from the PBS Civil War Series,  the tour de force “Dance of the Goblins” by Bazzini and the all-time bluegrass favorite, the “Orange Blossom Special,” among many others.

Alex and Jason DePue are a part of an iconic musical family from Bowling Green, Ohio.  Their father, Wallace, was a professor of music, their mother Linda, a concert pianist.  Both an older brother, Wallace, Jr. and a younger brother, Zach, play professional violin as well.  In 1989, a presidential decree awarded by George Bush named the DePue’s “American Musical Family of the Year.”  The DePue’s were also the subject of a nationally televised PBS documentary in 1993 entitled “The DePue Family Musicians: Music for Every Occasion.”

 This lakeside performance by the DePue Brothers is a part of the opera museum’s World Music Wednesday series and a highlight of The Sembrich’s season-long festival theme, VIOLIN DAYS.

 “Having grown up surrounded by violin playing and practicing, it is a delight for Alex and I to come to The Sembrich,” states Jason DePue, “And to share our violin-driven band on this season’s VIOLIN DAYS series.”

 This performance has been funded with the generous support of the Touba Family Foundation, an organization founded in 2015 by the Touba family of Glens Falls to support “the rich art, cultural and environmental institutions of our region.”  Additional underwriting for the World Music Wednesday series is provided by John and Cindy Carr and their staff at Adirondack Brewery.

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