President Salovey and Professors of Bluegrass to be part of a ‘toe-tapping evening’ Feb. 25

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The Professors of Bluegrass, shown playing in 2011 at the Connecticut Folk Festival.

President Peter Salovey will join his fellow band members in the Professors of Bluegrass for a performance on Thursday, Feb. 25 in the College Street Music Hall.

The group will open for bluegrass legends Del McCoury and David Grisman. Click here for more information.

“It’s not often, as Yale’s president, that I get to leave behind my day job for an hour or two to indulge in my favorite hobby,” wrote Salovey in a Notes from Woodbridge Hall announcing the performance.

“[I]t will be more than just a toe-tapping evening for my band mates and me,” he added, “it will be an occasion that, to me, epitomizes our university and our community’s shared experiences on a number of levels.

“Why do I make this claim?” he continued. “Since the group’s founding in 1990, the Professors have been decidedly both of Yale and of New Haven. We have included everyone from a professor of psychiatry to a Yale College and Yale Law School graduate who became Connecticut’s deputy commissioner for energy and environmental protection, to a former dean of Davenport College, to a gifted area woodworker and cabinetmaker — and many others. Music, after all, brings communities together. And bluegrass, like jazz, is a most American of musical forms, incorporating influences that reflect the diversity of our country just as they do of our university: Scottish and Irish immigrants to the Appalachian Mountains, African-American blues traditions, gospel-style harmonizing from the Primitive Baptists, and just a little overlay of the New York City Greenwich Village folk music scene of the 1960s.”

The President encouraged community members “to give bluegrass a listen if you haven’t already,” noting that Yale’s  Irving S. Gilmore Music Library has many historic sound recordings.

He concluded, “And the other ‘Professors’ and I are always looking for guest musicians!”

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