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Local Spins: ESME

July 25, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

This is a first for the Local Spins Wednesdays series: A classical crossover duo to add yet another genre to the series’ electic lineup.

ESME (Eclectic String Music Ensemble) is an acoustic string cover band based in West Michigan featuring Gene Hahn on violin and Jeremy Crosmer on cello. They write and perform their own arrangements, covers and mashups blending traditional classical music and string instruments with popular music to create a live performance experience accessible to students and music lovers of different ages and varied tastes. They perform and conduct clinics and residencies for university, high school and middle school orchestras and run a summer camp in West Michigan for young string players, pushing students toward new and creative ways of exploring classical instruments, utilizing modern musical exposure and applying their school music programs.

ESME, described by Revue magazine as a “String duo for the age of musical omnivores,” boasts a self-titled debut album that includes original cover/mash-up arrangements of music ranging from Bach, Beethoven and Ravel to Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Led Zeppelin. It is the first ever classical instrumental album to have been chosen by their recording engineer at River City Studios Ltd for a Grammy submission. ESME band members have performance and composition degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the University of Michigan and have performed with the Grand Rapids Symphony and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Local Spins Wednesdays are presented by Local Spins, SpeakEZ Lounge, Perrin Brewing Company and WYCE, with Michigan beer specials on tap and free parking in the Sixth Street Park parking lot off Monroe Avenue NW, a block to the north.


July 25, 2018
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm