American cellist, pianist, and composer Dave Eggar will be appearing at the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, on Tuesday, June 29. This free, open-air concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the museum’s Victorian Garden. In the event of rain, the performance will be moved indoors to the Victorian Parlor.
A musical prodigy as a child, Dave Eggar began playing the cello and piano at age three. By the age of seven, Dave had performed on Broadway and with the Metropolitan Opera. He debuted at Carnegie Hall at the age of 15. Dave is a graduate of Harvard University and the Julliard School’s Doctoral Program.
Mr. Eggar has appeared worldwide as a solo cellist and pianist. A virtuoso of many musical styles, Dave has performed and recorded with artists in numerous genres including The Who, Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, John Denver, Coldplay, Bon Jovi, Evanescence, Pearl Jam, Fall Out Boy, Dianne Reeves, Brandy, Carly Simon, Phil Ramone, Hannah Montana, Sinead O’Connor, and many more.
His list of awards and accomplishments includes accolades from Time Magazine, ASCAP, the National Endowment for the Arts, Sony Records Elevated Standards Award in classical music, the Geraldine Dodge & Leonard Bernstein Foundations, and at 15 was the youngest winner in the history of the Artists International Competition.
Dave’s mission to “not just cross over, but to cross through” multiple genres of music is apparent in all of his releases. His soon-to-be released CD project and companion DVD video, Kingston Morning, was recently recorded in, among other places, Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Tracks on the CD include “High Atmosphere,” with vocals by Robin & Linda Williams, and “Jacob’s Vision,” with vocals by Bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley. Eggar says this project was an especially moving and emotional recording for to make. He adds, “My imagination has always been captivated by the music and culture of Appalachia. These journeys were truly a life altering experience for me. I am especially proud of the music that has been produced as a result of our efforts.”
For additional information about the performance, please contact the Southwest Virginia Museum at 276-523-1322.