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Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile’s long-awaited Goat Rodeo reunion slated for Aug. 15

Live from the intimate VPAC Rocky Mountain theater in Beaver Creek

Yo-Yo Ma, left, and Chris Thile perform as part of the Atlantic Festival, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 in Washington.
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For the first time in nearly a decade, four string virtuosos — Yo-Yo Ma on cello, Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Edgar Meyer on bass, and Chris Thile on mandolin — are coming back together for the long-awaited Goat Rodeo reunion. Vocalist Aoife O’Donovan will join the musicians. Together they create a collision of sound that feels part Americana, part bluegrass and part classical. The shows take place at 5 p.m. & 8 p.m. on Aug. 15.

Tickets start at $225 and are available now at the VPAC box office (970-845-8497; VilarPac.org). The VPAC is located under the ice rink in Beaver Creek Village (68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek, Colorado).

“Celebrated and revered by a global audience, Yo-Yo Ma is a profound bearer of hope and peace in our age as well as arguably the prevailing cellist of our time,” said VPAC Executive Director Owen Hutchinson.



“This performance will be a distinguishing moment in the lives of those present and in the history of the Vilar Performing Arts Center.”

In 2011, the group released the Grammy-winning “Goat Rodeo Sessions,” which NPR’s World Café called “organic yet composed in a way that only four deeply talented, in-tune musicians could make it,” hinting “at Appalachia, Chinese, classical, Celtic, and jazz influences.”



At the VPAC show, expect exceedingly complex compositions from these master musicians. The group likens the sound to a “goat rodeo,” the nickname airplane pilots use to describe situations where many different things need to go right in order to avoid disaster.

These five musicians’ diverse traditions and experiences intersect to create a compelling sound that is at once global and American, a shared voice that speaks powerfully to the American experience.

See the Goat Rodeo reunion in person at the VPAC Aug. 15.


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