When: Tue., Jan. 31, 6:30 p.m. 2012
Classical and contemporary styles can harmonize to produce a hybrid with the potential to please admirers of both forms — or an entirely different audience altogether. Gershwin did it with jazz when he wrote “Rhapsody in Blue,” Béla Fleck did it with the banjo when he premiered the Banjo Concerto at the Nashville Symphony, and now Yo-Yo Ma does it with bluegrass in his latest project and album, the Goat Rodeo Sessions. The project features Ma and mandolin hotshot Chris Thile of Nickel Creek alongside two of Nashville’s finest, bassist and composer Edgar Meyer and fiddle-shredder Stuart Duncan. They turn what could have been chaos into music that retains some of the features (and virtues) of both careful composition and spontaneous improvisation. Tonight, broadcast live from the House of Blues in Boston and screened at theaters across the country, Goat Rodeo gives its first live performance. If you’re not already trying to decide between your tux and your overalls, consider the perks of attending neither a rodeo nor a movie nor a live concert. You get the best of each without the downsides: no danger of dismemberment, no annoying commercials, and no moshpits. What more could you ask for in pursuit of classy down-home entertainment?