We are thrilled to have classical banjoist John Bullard as part of our Spring Classical Music Series. He will be accompanied by Markus Compton on piano.
John Bullard plays five-string banjo, which you might expect from a southerner. But there’s a gothic twist: he plays classical music. If you think about it, it’s actually the perfect southern art—a gentleman playing classical music on a banjo. One minute he’s bush-hogging a field on his John Deere tractor, the next he’s on his porch playing a Bach partita. And to be clear: these aren’t bluegrass renditions, they’re exact classical transcriptions done by someone who’s been devotedly drawn to Baroque and Renaissance music for 30 years.
In 2005, he became the first classical banjoist to graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance. Graduating magna cum laude, John was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, the prestigious national music honor society.
Bullard has gained international attention for his work in developing and transcribing classical repertoire for the five-string banjo. Music from John’s recordings has been included in several feature films such as the DreamWorks animated film The Rise of the Guardians and the award-winning The Edge of Heaven. John was on the faculty of the world-renowned Tennessee Banjo Institute along with such luminaries as Pete Seeger, Bela Fleck, and Tony Trischka. John is currently teaching banjo as an Affiliate Artist at Cairn University. He has performed throughout the United States and has been featured on numerous radio and television programs.
Doors open at 7:00 and show starts at 8:00 PM
Ticket Prices & Info:
All Tickets are General Admission
$15 in advance until 3:00 PM on the day of event
$20 at the door
Children: 12 years and below are free when accompanied by an adult
Tickets may be purchased in advance either online or by calling the Barns of Rose Hill Box Office at 540-955-2004 (Noon to 3:00 – Tuesday through Saturday). If you call when our Box Office is closed, please leave a message and we’ll return your call within 24 business hours.