The West Shore Community College Performing Arts Series opens its 2017-2018 season on Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m., with a concert by two-time Grammy nominated mandolinist and vocalist Sierra Hull with special guest artist, Mason County's own, Chloe Kimes. The duo will appear in the college’s Center Stage Theater.
From an early age, Sierra Hull has been recognized as a virtuoso mandolin-player, astonishing audiences and fellow-musicians alike. Now a seasoned touring musician nearing her mid-20s, Hull has delivered her most inspired, accomplished, and mature recorded work to date; no small feat.
Hull began playing the mandolin at age eight in her native state of Tennessee where her parents immersed her in bluegrass music. Hull became a well-known singer and mandolin player across the country as a teen, playing the White House, the Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall.
She is a graduate of the Berklee School of Music where she was named a Presidential Scholar, the first bluegrass musician to win the prestigious award.
With four albums to her credit, Hull’s most recent release, “Weighted Mind,” was produced by Bela Fleck and includes vocal harmonies by Rhiannon Giddens, Alison Krauss and Abigail Washburn. “Weighted Mind” was nominated for 2016’s Album of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and contains Hull’s “Black River,” which received an IBMA nomination for Song of the Year. Hull, also nominated for IBMA’s Mandolin Player of the Year, co-hosted the 2016 IBMA awards.
“Weighted Mind,” is a landmark achievement, not just in Sierra Hull's career, but in the world of folk-pop, bluegrass, and acoustic music overall. Hull speaks eloquently, in her challenging and sensitive originals, her heartfelt vocals, and once again breaks new ground on the mandolin.
“We are also excited to have WSCC alumna Chloe Kimes back from Nashville to open this concert and play a finale number with Sierra. Chloe is one of the most professional and humble young artists that I have had the pleasure to work with,” says Ted Malt, director of the Performing Arts Series and professor of music studies.
Kimes is attending Middle Tennessee State University, majoring in commercial songwriting.
“As a young mandolinist and musician, Sierra is a big influence and someone I look up to. It is a true blessing to be able to represent the college, and my hometown by performing in this show,” says Kimes.
Malt adds, “This has been a busy summer filled with large projects in the Center Stage Theater including new curtains, back stage painting, stage improvements and a full lighting overhaul. The theater is now equipped with the latest audio and lighting technology to accommodate artists of Sierra’s caliber along with the many outstanding artists to follow. Our college has been extremely supportive of improvement initiatives which will enhance the overall experience for our audiences and performers. Without the generous support of both our college and community, none of this would be possible.”
For more information on all of the series’ performances and to purchase general admission tickets click here.
Customers can also call 231-843-5507, or stop by the Box Office located in Schoenherr Campus Center. Visa, Master Card, Discover credit cards are accepted.
Author: Thomas Hawley | Executive Director of College Relations