Chris Thile makes his second appearance under University Musical Society (UMS) auspices, Friday, October 18, 2013, 8pm in Ann Arbor's Rackham Auditorium. Chris Thile, of the progressive bluegrass band Punch Brothers, is a mandolin virtuoso, composer, and vocalist. Encompassing progressive bluegrass, classical, rock, and jazz, Thile transcends the borders of conventionally circumscribed genres, creating a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike. Recently awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Grant (2013), Thile collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer on the Grammy-winning CD, The Goat Rodeo Sessions. On this solo program, he draws from his recent recording of Bach sonatas and partitas while also exploring his own compositions and contemporary music. For concert information, visit the website link or call (734) 764-2538.