CHILLICOTHE — Chillicothe Public Library presents a unique and exciting one-man symphony concert by Tom Sharpe on Sunday, July 8 at 2:30 p.m.
Tom Sharpe is the drummer for the Grammy Award winning group Mannheim Steamroller and an internationally recognized, critically acclaimed composer. He is a sought-out performer and clinician, and the creator of his own group, the Tom Sharpe Ensemble. Tom’s compositions have won many awards, including the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the Broadjam World Music Contest. He is alumni of the Interlochen Arts Academy, and holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from DePaul University. Tom’s current solo performances are in support of his latest release – a symphony titled “Lifting the World”.
Tom’s original music is a percussive symphony – a sonic and visual feast for the senses. A classically trained musician, Tom has dramatically blended his orchestral background with world music instrumentation and cinematic imagery to create an experience that invites the listener into the heart of the musical moment – wildly emotional and technically precise, with a gutsy edge of percussive frenzy and tribal ritual. Weaving together powerful elements of sound and rhythm, Tom is equally proficient on a vast array of percussion and keyboard instruments. Seamlessly blending genres from Middle Eastern, African, orchestral, and rock music, Tom moves between traditional instrumentation and electronics with ease and precision. With a fresh approach to world music, Tom’s high energy, passion, emotion, and superb musicality leave audiences amazed and inspired!
The free concert will take place at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at Chillicothe Public Library, 430 N. Bradley Ave., Chillicothe, IL 61523. For more information, please visit chillipld.org or call 309-274-2719.