Composer, singer, and mandolin genius Chris Thile has announced the final edition of his The 65th Street Session concert series featuring bluegrass phenomenon Billy Strings and additional guests to be announced. The performance, set to take place on February 1st, 2024 will serve as the final installment of the series, which Thile hosts in conjunction with the New York Philharmonic at its home venue, the Wu Tsai Theater at David Geffen Hall, situated in Lincoln Center just off 65th Street.

“When you come to an installment of The 65th Street Session, you can expect to hear musicians … in their respective elements, and then you can expect to hear those same musicians combining those elements into something new,” Thile said of the series. “That is where the magic of living in a city like New York is centered—those ostensibly disparate elements coming together and creating something new. You’ll never know what is gonna happen and also, we will never know what’s gonna happen. There’s gonna be a lot of spontaneity involved, and of course we will plan certain things, but as a great old arranger once said, ‘You have to leave room in the chart for God to walk in the room.’ That is the spirit of The 65th Street Session.”

The series bears a resemblance to Live From Here, formerly A Prairie Home Companion, the live radio variety show he hosted from New York’s Town Hall prior to the show’s cancellation in 2020.

Previous editions of The 65th Session have featured Chris Thile alongside Jacob CollierMadison CunninghamTune-Yards, Brad Mehaldau, Watchhouse, Sarah Jarosz, and more, while an upcoming edition on November 28th, 2023, rescheduled from earlier this year, will feature Cory WongLouis Cato, and Meshell Ndegeocello.

For tickets to both upcoming shows and more information about the series, head here. Watch Thile speak about the idea behind The 65th Street Session below.

Chris Thile Talks The 65th Street Session

[Video: New York Philharmonic]


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