Boothbay Harbor Opera House concert: The Kruger Brothers
The arrival of June and the summer season brings the internationally acclaimed Kruger Brothers to the Opera House stage in Boothbay Harbor. It has been several years since this classically trained, often bluegrass-sounding, trio has dazzled an Opera House audience. The return performance is Friday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m.
“They are a difficult trio to categorize, but they absolutely shouldn't be missed, no matter what your musical tastes are,” says Cathy Sherrill, Opera House director.
Born and raised in Europe, brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger started singing and playing instruments at a very young age. Growing up in a family where music was an important part of life, they were exposed to a wide diversity of musical influences. The brothers were performing regularly by the time they were 11 and 12, and they began their professional career in 1979. CBS Records contracted with Jens and Uwe when Jens was just 17 years old, and shortly thereafter, the Krugers hosted a radio show on SRG SSR, the Swiss Public broadcast group.
Several years later, the brothers teamed up with bass player Joel Landsberg, a native of New York City who also had a very extensive musical upbringing in classical and jazz music (studying with jazz great Milt Hinton), thus forming a trio that has been playing professionally together since 1995. Together, they established the incomparable sound that The Kruger Brothers are known for today. The trio moved to the United States in 2002 and is based in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
Since their formal introduction to American audiences in 1997, The Kruger Brothers’ remarkable discipline, creativity and their ability to infuse classical music into folk music has resulted in a unique sound that has made them a fixture within the world of acoustic music. The honesty of their writing has since become a hallmark of the trio’s work.
In their ever-expanding body of work – Jens Kruger (banjo and vocals), Uwe Kruger (guitar and lead vocals), and Joel Landsberg (bass and vocals) – The Kruger Brothers personify the spirit of exploration and innovation that forms the core of the American musical tradition. Their original music is crafted around their discerning taste, and the result is unpretentious, cultivated, and delightfully fresh.
Through their numerous CD releases, radio and television performances, lectures, and collaborative efforts, The Kruger Brothers’ powerful artistic statement continues to inspire and enlighten audiences and musicians around the world.
Advance discounted tickets are $25 through the Opera House Box Office at 86 Townsend Avenue, or by calling 633-5159. Regularly priced tickets are available online at boothbayoperahouse.com and on the day of the concert at the Opera House.
Doors for seating open at 7 p.m. The Opera House bar will be serving cold drinks and the volunteer group, the Friends of the Opera House will have baked goods for sale. The performance is appropriate for all ages.