Reston Community Center


2013-2014 Professional Touring Artist Series

Turtle Island Quartet with Nellie McKay
A Flower is a Lovesome Thing

Turtle Island String Quartet with Nellie McKay
Photo by Bill Reitzel

Wednesday, October 30, 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20 (R), $40 (NR)

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"Girl wonder Nellie McKay takes care of the vocals, delivering bouncy songs that contain little time bombs of bitterly ironic humor."


Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Nellie McKay joins forces with the two-time GRAMMY® award-winning Turtle Island String Quartet to present a delightfully kaleidoscopic view of the music of Billie Holiday, Billy Strayhorn, and the Weimar cabaret music of the 1920s. While the combination of voice and strings has long been a staple of the classical genre as well as of contemporary music, Nellie McKay's talents on piano, mallets, and ukulele combined with Turtle Island's famed innovative rhythmic techniques unleash an unprecedented range of possibilities. A healthy dose of original music, for which both McKay and the Turtle Island Quartet are renowned, rounds out this sweeping concert.

  • Visit Turtle Island Quartet's website.
  • Visit Nellie McKay's website.
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