Pianist Evan Shinners Performs at White House Christmas Tree Lighting This Thursday
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by BWW News Desk
The wildly talented and irreverent classical pianist Evan Shinners will perform at tomorrow night's White House Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, on Thursday, December 6.
Shinners will open the proceedings at 4:30pm with his original Bach-ian medley of holiday tunes including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Carol of the Bells and Silent Night.
Shinners joins a starry line-up of artists for the ceremony, which is hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, including James Taylor, American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips and other great performers.
The ceremony will be live-streamed and broadcast on public television throughout the month of December.
The 2010 Juilliard graduate made waves in the Classical music world with his brilliant debut recording @bach, a compilation of two live, unedited performances recorded at Juilliard and Rockefeller University. Bursting with raw musicality and ebullient energy, Shinners connects with today's audiences in a way that has seldom been seen for a classical artist. "This is one hell of a debut, not only for the quality, but the ambition and attitude," said The Big City, with The Huffington Post calling the recording "Essential … one of the brattiest Bach recordings to come along since Glenn Gould himself."
Shinners latest foray into the music of Bach is Evan Plays Seven, a fresh traversal of Bach's 7 early Toccatas. The new recording will be available on iTunes on December 12, 2012.
For more news and upcoming dates see: www.evanshinners.com