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Kentucky Native, Cellist Ben Sollee Comes to Glema Center

glema benLexington native, Cellist Ben Sollee performs Genre-bending Cello & Vocals at the Glema Mahr Center March 22.MADISONVILLE, Ky. (3/5/14) — When you think of the cello, you might think of an instrument that is used as an accompaniment to an orchestra.

Ben Sollee, the next performer coming to the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts in the Center's Coffeehouse series, wants to change your mind.

Sollee is an innovative Lexington born-and-raised cellist who sings, writes and composes his own music.

“We are always looking for terrific talent we can claim as our own,” said Lynn Curtis with Madisonville Community College’s Glema Mahr Center.

Sollee’s music is a mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz, R&B, contemporary, and classical. He may be a cellist, but Sollee plays guitar, mandolin, and percussion instruments, making the genre-bending performer have wide appeal to all audiences.

“He really pushes the limits on what a cello can do,” said Curtis. “He puts the instrument in the 21st century.”

Sollee can often be found riding his bike to his concerts, says Curtis. He once rode 330 miles to a concert in Manchester, Tenn. showing that he is determined to let the world hear his music.

Sollee’s perfomance is at 7:30 p.m. March 22. The “come as you are” concert serves coffee, cappuccino, and sweet treats in a bistro-style setting, letting the audience be up close and personal with the artist.

Tickets for Ben Sollee are on sale now for $20 and may be purchased online or by phone at (270) 821-ARTS.

Taylor Riley
SurfKY News

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