Ryan Holladay, Sierra Hull at Carnegie Hall

Ryan HolladayBluegrass music travels to Carnegie Hall next weekend, May 12, 2007, when Ryan Holladay and Sierra Hull host The Carnegie Hall Family Concert Bluegrass Celebration. The concert includes these two young (Ryan is 14, Sierra is 15) multi-instrumentalists along with string band Ebony Hillbillies and Brooklyn-based bluegrass band Straight Drive. The event takes place at the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage.

This is more than just a concert though.

[The event] includes performances as well as an introduction to the rich American tradition of bluegrass music. Pre-concert activities begin at 12:30 p.m. and will feature an up-close instrument introduction with the members of the Ebony Hillbillies and Straight Drive, a Q&A session with hosts Ryan and Sierra, and the telling of Appalachian tales.

Sierra HullThe 2006-2007 Family Concerts series was sponsored by Bank of America and included a total of 11 concerts. The series is intended to introduce children, ages 5-12, along with their families, to a number of different musical styles. The Bluegrass Celebration is the final concert in the series. Tickets are only $8 and include admission to the pre-concert activities.

The pre-concert activities begin at 12:30 PM and the concert itself takes place at 2 PM. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, by phone at 212-247-7800, or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website at CarnegieHall.org.