The trio known as the Kruger Brothers are based in Wilkesboro, N.C., and known for an incomparable sound that blends bluegrass with elements of classical music. Born and raised in Europe, brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger started singing and playing instruments at a young age. The brothers were performing regularly by the time they were 11 and 12 years old. In 1995, they became a trio with the addition of bass player Joel Landsberg, a native of New York City.
In 2006, Jens began a venture into the themes and forms of classical music when he was commissioned to write the work, Music from the Spring, for banjo, guitar, bass, and full symphonic orchestra. Since then, he has received three commissions to write classical pieces which the Kruger Brothers have performed with orchestral ensembles.
The Chicago-based Kontras Quartet has established an international following for their vibrant and nuanced performances. The ensemble has released three critically acclaimed albums. The second, Lucid Dreamer, written by Jens, features a septet that Kontras commissioned in 2013 with a grant awarded by Chamber Music America. The work treads the line between classical music and American folk and continues Kontras Quartet’s ongoing collaboration with the Kruger Brothers, that began with their 2017 release, Roan Mountain Suite.
Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 on the day of show, $10 for children 12 and younger. Advance tickets are available online at BlueRidgeMusicCenter.org. Day of show tickets can be purchased at the admission gates in the evening.
Parking opens at 5:15 p.m. and is free. Admission to the amphitheater begins at 5:45 p.m.
Tickets are available at BlueRidgeMusicCenter.org. For additional information, call (866) 308-2773, ext. 212.