About Chris Thile
MacArthur Fellow and Grammy Award-winning mandolinist, singer, songwriter Chris Thile, who the Guardian calls "that rare being: an all-round musician who can settle into any style, from bluegrass to classical," and NPR calls a "genre-defying musical genius," is a founding member of the critically acclaimed bands Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek. For four years, Thile hosted public radio favorite Live from Here with Chris Thile (formerly known as A Prairie Home Companion). With his broad outlook, Thile creates a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike, giving the listener "one joyous arc, with the linear melody and vertical harmony blurring into a single web of gossamer beauty" (New York Times).
Most recently, Chris recorded Laysongs, out June 4, 2021 on Nonesuch. The album is his first truly solo album: just Thile, his voice, and his mandolin, on new recordings of six original songs and three covers, all of which contextualize and banter with his ideas about spirituality. Recorded in a converted upstate New York church during the pandemic, Laysongs' centerpiece is the three-part "Salt (in the Wounds) of the Earth," which was inspired by C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters. The album also features a song Thile wrote about Dionysus; a performance of the fourth movement of Béla Bartók's Sonata for Solo Violin; "God Is Alive, Magic Is Afoot" based on Buffy Sainte-Marie's adaptation of a Leonard Cohen poem; a cover of bluegrass legend Hazel Dickens' "Won't You Come and Sing for Me," and "Ecclesiastes 2:24," original instrumental loosely modeled after the Prelude from J.S. Bach's Partita for Solo Violin in E Major.
About the Open Sky Arts Festival
August 2 – 15 | Lake Placid Horse Show Grounds
Open Sky is a brand new, multidisciplinary festival for arts lovers of every age. Explore two weeks of music, dance, film and theatre outdoors against a spectacular mountain backdrop. You’ll find something for everyone in your family under the open sky!
How to Get Tickets
Purchase festival passes and attend as many shows as you like between August 2nd and 15th (includes registration for free performances). Or, purchase individual tickets starting June 14.
Why Choose a Festival Pass?
At just $200 each, a festival pass gives you access to all 18 Open Sky performances at a discount of almost 50%! You’ll have the chance to see as many shows as you like, from modern bluegrass, to circus, to musical theatre and so much more. After a whole year without live performances, this is an amazing way to dive in – see your favorite artist, try something new and experience the magic as live art unfolds around us in the fresh mountain air.
Member Pre-Sale (Festival Passes only): June 1 – 6
General Public (Festival Passes only): June 7 – 13
General Public (Festival Passes or individual tickets/registrations): June 14 – August 1
We are evaluating the latest guidelines from New York State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We will post the most up-to-date information here leading up to the festival to help you plan your trip to Open Sky.