Tommy Emmanuel Classics and Christmas Tour

Sunday, December 3, 2017
The Virginia Theatre

Classics and Christmas Tour
presented by National Shows 2
Date/Time: Sun, Dec 3, 2017 – 7:30pm
Tickets: $49.50/$39.50
Add’l per-ticket service charges apply: $5 (online only)
On-Sale Date: Fri, July 14, 2017, 10am

One of the greatest players on the planet – Chet Atkins
The Champaign Park District’s Virginia Theatre is proud to welcome back legendary guitarist Tommy Emmanuel. This show will feature one full set of Mr. Emmanuel’s classic solo acoustic songs, and one full set of Christmas favorites with Pat Bergeson, John Knowles, and Annie Sellick.
Tommy Emmanuel easily skates between musical styles, playing with the blues in one number, infusing Spanish tradition effortlessly into another, and thoughtfully exploring folk in a third. An accomplished fingerstyle player, Tommy frequently threads three different parts simultaneously into his material, operating as a one-man band who handles the melody, the supporting chords, and the bass all at once.
His technical gifts have earned him multiple awards and made him a Member of the Order of Australia, an honor bestowed by the Queen in his native homeland. Given his first guitar at age four, Tommy Emmanuel started working professionally just two years later in a family band. “When I was on stage, people lit up,” he recalls. He pursued music with a passion, working continuously in a variety of bands through his school years, and later, in one of Australia’s best-known acts, Dragon. He supplemented that work as a studio musician, playing on albums for artists like Air Supply and Men At Work.
Tommy’s many credits include two Grammy nominations, two ARIA Awards from the Australian Recording Industry Association, and repeated honors from Guitar Player magazine. Mr. Emmanuel has worked with Eric Clapton, Doc Watson, and Chet Atkins, among countless others.
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