Two classical musicians — double bass player Bill Kohler and pianist Amanda Huff-McClure — will give a concert Sunday afternoon at the Alhambra Theater.
He is intitulated “From medieval to modern: an eclectic recital for double bass and piano”, and the plans for the concert were born out of a collaboration that began several months ago.
Koehler and Huff-McClure were both looking for a collaborator when a mutual friend suggested they meet.
“In a small community where there aren’t a lot of classic performance opportunities, it felt really fortuitous,” said Huff-McClure, a Caldwell County resident who owns and runs The Corner Coffeehouse in Hopkinsville with his wife. , April Huff-McClure.
Koehler, who resides in Eddyville, is professor emeritus at Illinois State University, where he taught bass and other music courses for 35 years. A composer, he has performed with major orchestras across Europe.
Huff-McClure has been teaching piano for over 20 years. For the past nine years, she has taught students at University Heights Academy and at her private studio in Hopkinsville. Most of his opportunities to perform classical music have been in churches.
For the past six months, Koehler and Huff-McClure have met every Thursday at First Christian Church in Princeton to practice the selections they will be playing for the Alhambra concert.
“It’s such a personal thing,” Huff-McClure said, describing how musicians are able to form a partnership.
“When you’re playing together…you have to click on a fundamental musical level or it doesn’t work,” she said.
The fact that Koehler and Huff-McClure didn’t know each other but were both looking for a collaborator at the same time in rural Kentucky seemed fortuitous, she said.
The concert will begin at 2 p.m. Theater doors will open at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults or $5 for students and military and can be bought online.
“This is an opportunity to see if there’s a market for classic shows in Hopkinsville,” Huff-McClure said.
Sunday’s program will last approximately two hours, including a brief intermission. Koehler will have CDs of his music available for purchase at the Alhambra.