Free Bluegrass Concert at Columbus Museum of Art March 25

Andy Carlson

In a departure from its traditional classical music programming, nonprofit recital series Sunday at Central will host a free bluegrass performance called American Journey with fiddler Andy Carlson and guitarist Casey Cook on Sunday, March 25 at 3:00 p.m. in Columbus Museum of Art’s Cardinal Health Auditorium.

Carlson and Cook will play bluegrass, jazz, old-time Appalachian, blues, classical, and original acoustic compositions. Carlson, an associate professor of music at Denison University, holds a doctoral degree in classical violin and was twice named the Georgia State Champion Fiddler. He founded the bluegrass program at Denison in 2000, and the university now allows music majors to have a concentration in Bluegrass. In 2001, he wrote the book A Guide to American Fiddling. Cook also teaches at Denison and has been named one of America’s finest guitarists by Flatpicking Guitar Magazine. His compositions have been featured on MTV. 

Guests of the 90-minute performance will have free access to galleries in CMA’s permanent collection. A post-show meet and greet will take place in the museum’s lobby café and refreshments will be available for sale. Donations to Sunday at Central will be graciously accepted. The Columbus Museum of Art is located at 480 East Broad Street in downtown Columbus. Museum parking is free.

About Andy Carlson

Fiddler Andy Carlson earned a Doctor of Music Arts from the University of Iowa, and both a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music from the University of Georgia. He has been named Georgia State Champion Fiddler and Ohio Grand Champion Fiddler. He has appeared with such artists as R.E.M., Nanci Griffith, The Cowboy Junkies, and Billy Bragg, and has recorded as a studio musician and string arranger for Warner Bros. Records, Atlantic Records, Elektra Entertainment Group, Geffen Records, Polydor Records, and Capricorn Records. At Denison University, he teaches violin and music history, serves as department chair, and directs the bluegrass ensemble. Visit for more information.

About Casey Cook

Casey Cook

The son of professional bluegrass musicians, guitarist Casey Cook was the youngest touring bluegrass musician to be inducted into the Florida Country Music Hall of Fame. He teaches bluegrass guitar at Denison University and serves as co-director of the Denison Bluegrass Program. He has taught and performed at The University of Texas String Project and the SXSW Music Festival. He has performed with Ricky Scaggs, The Del McCoury Band, David Grier, Mountain Heart, and Claire Lynch. His songs have been featured on MTV soundtracks. Visit for more information.

About Sunday at Central

Sunday at Central is a nonprofit chamber music recital series that was founded in 1994. It offers intimate, personalized traditional chamber music concerts with internationally recognized professional musicians. David Niwa (Acting Associate Concertmaster, Columbus Symphony Orchestra) is the organization’s Artistic Director.


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