Special Musical Performance
April 11, 7 p.m., North Court, Perkinson Recital Hall
“I see the power of music to connect cultures. I see it when I stand on a stage at a bluegrass festival … and I bust out into a song in Chinese, and everybody's eyes just pop wide open.”
–Abigail Washburn, TED TALK
Abigail Washburn thought she wanted to improve U.S.-China relations by becoming a lawyer. Then she picked up a banjo. Now the singing, songwriting, Chinese-speaking, Nashville-based, clawhammer banjo player uses the power of music to connect cultures. When she toured the Asian continent in 2005 with renowned banjo player (and now husband) Béla Fleck, fiddle virtuoso Casey Driessen, and cellist Ben Sollee, the U.S. government sponsored the tour.
Although this is a free event, registration is required at jepson.richmond.edu/forum or call[masked]-6522.