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Lincoln’s Science of Sound Spring Break Camp Kids to Join Verch and Band on Stage

World-champion fiddler, step dancer and singer April Verch returns to the Lied Center for Performing Arts, bringing her band’s irresistible blend of Canada’s Ottawa Valley meets old-time Appalachia with crack fiddling, electric step dancing, and sweet singing on April 16 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are now available at LiedCenter.org.

“April Verch is a triple threat in every sense,” said Bill Stephan, Executive Director of the Lied Center. “She is a world class fiddle player, an outstanding step dancer, and a phenomenal singer. The April Verch Band is a Lied Center patron favorite and we are thrilled to have them back in Lincoln for the 2014 Spring Season.”  

April Verch has never sounded more comfortable in her skin than she does now, in the second decade of her career as an internationally touring Canadian fiddler, step dancer and singer-songwriter. Her ninth album, Bright Like Gold, captures a woman who’s fleshed out her identity and is in full command of her gifts, a woman who’s grown from a prodigy into an enduring artist — one of music’s most unforgiving public transitions — with grace and grit to spare.  

The April Verch Band — rounded out by bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters and guitarist Hayes Griffin, who has a Masters in jazz improv from the New England Conservatory — is an energetic, virtuosic, tradition-celebrating outfit. It doesn’t hurt that the thrilling grand finale involves Verch fiddling and step dancing — and often executing two entirely different intricate rhythmic patterns — at once.

It’s a wonder to behold Verch pulling off those pristine double-time triplets with her feet, and the myriad other ways she represents an artist in touch with roots and in her element.  She won't be the one to mention that by the time she was finishing up her first year of college she had become the first woman to win both the Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship and Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition, or even the fact that she represented Canada's fiddling tradition by performing in the Opening Ceremonies at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.  

During their April 16 performance, Verch and her band will be joined on stage by over 30 Lincoln Public School students for a very special, one-time performance concluding the Time Warner Cable’s Science of Sound Spring Break Camp. On March 13-14, the Lied Center and Time Warner Cable teamed up to host a unique spring break camp led by John Bertles, Kennedy Center teaching artist and science educator, as well as local engineers and area music, theater and science teachers at Dawes Middle School. Dozens of students grades 5-8 experienced music through Bertles’ unique hands-on curriculum which demonstrates how sound waves are created by the vibrations of air through musical instruments that the students constructed themselves from recycled materials.

Throughout TWC’s Science of Sound Spring Break camp, students rehearsed with April Verch Band recordings on their handmade instruments. On April 16, the students will have the opportunity to perform with professional musicians on the Lied Center’s world class stage. “Having the opportunity to perform with Verch and her band onstage is truly an authentic culminating measure of all of the hard work the kids put into their instruments in March,” said Stephan.

This presentation is made possible in part with generous support from Assurity Life Insurance as well as Patron Friend Sponsor Sid & Hazel Dillon.

Residency activities are covered in part by Time Warner Cable-Connect a Million Minds, the Cooper Foundation, and the Nebraska Arts Council. 

Ticket Information

Tickets to April Verch Band’s performance on April 16 are available at LiedCenter.org, at the Box Office on 12th and R Streets, or by phone at 402-472-4747. Tickets are just $18 for adults, $9 for students.