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Tuesday, December 19th, 2017
Renowned guitarist Billy McLaughlin, along with musical ensemble SimpleGifts, and internationally acclaimed Kawai-endorsed pianist & vocalist Phil Thompson are sharing the stage together for the first time to present an incredible holiday concert at the beautifully restored Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center in Bloomington. While these two musicians have been seen individually on dozens of special PBS concert events as they tour the globe in over 20 countries, they're proud to call Minnesota their home. Opening the concert is Phil Thompson, whose charismatic personality and romantic musical stylings create an unforgettable performance as he re-imagines holiday favorites with original acoustic arrangements. Thompson's piano-based melodies and warm vocals harken to simpler times. Billy McLaughlin and SimpleGifts put community celebration ahead of commercialization, pulling the audience into the sublime side of traditional repertoire. Expect modern arrangements with an "old world" feel that highlights McLaughlin's signature acoustic guitar, along with angelic three-part harmony vocals, bagpipes, Celtic whistles, violin, piano and atmospheric percussion.