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Andy Stein and Greg Ruby

Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 5:00 pm


Coming soon to Arts on the Lake

Virtuoso Swing Violin/Fiddle and Guitar players

A Friends of Classical Music Event

This is an outdoor concert with a limit of 50 people on our concert lawn by Lake Carmel.


Andy Stein and Greg Ruby grace our outdoor stage, bringing their unique style of Swing violin/fiddle and guitar. Andy Stein has been called “a musician with a checkered past” by the NY Times for good reasons. While he is most recognized as the “Powdermilk Biscuit Fiddler,” heard weekly for 22 years on public radio’s nationwide broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, he is also known for many other musical accomplishments.

In just scanning his bio one comes across: recording with Itzhak Perlman, Placido Domingo, and Marilyn Horne; composing and arranging an opera with librettist Garrison Keillor; working with Sir Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Lady Gaga, Bob Dylan, De La Soul and Nora Jones; having his orchestral works performed by the NY Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony as well as recorded for Naxos; creating works for André Watts and Joshua Bell; scoring several Hollywood feature films and an Oscar-winning cartoon as well as playing with Winton Marsalis, Phil Woods, Paquito D’Rivera, Diana Krall, and John & Bucky Pizzarelli. Just to top it off, he has a couple of Grammy awards as well.


For twenty-two years his violin and saxophone were heard weekly (hopefully not weakly) on public radio nationwide, as a member of the Guys All-Star Shoe Band, the "house band" on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.


He has appeared on numerous television programs including Late Night with David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, Great performances (PBS) and As The World Turns (CBS). He has also been a featured soloist in a number of Broadway Shows, including the Lincoln Center production of "Anything Goes," and the 1990's Broadway revivals of "Guys and Dolls" and "Fiddler on the Roof." He has produced records of rock 'n' roll and jazz, and conducted on radio and television.


His version of Schubert's string quartet, "Death and the Maiden," arranged for full orchestra in the style of Schubert, has been performed by world class ensembles on both sides of the Atlantic, and is now available on disc from NAXOS.


An accomplished Jazz musician, Andy Stein has been a featured soloist with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Paquito D'Rivera, Phil Woods, Manhattan Transfer, Jon Faddis, Dick Hyman, Jon Hendricks, Eddie Daniels, Turtle Island String Quartet, Vince Giordano's Nighthawks, Ken Peplowski, Bob Wilbur, Harold Ashby, Andy Bey, John Pizzarelli, Bucky Pizzarelli, etc. Since the 1980's Stein has been known for his recreations of the early work of Joe Venuti, considered the first jazz violinist of the 1920's, whose recordings inspired the careers of Stephane Grapelli and many others. Stein's tributes in concert and and on two discs have all met with critical acclaim.


Greg Ruby began playing swing and early jazz music while leading the bohemian life of a busker 25 years ago. Realizing the tips were far superior with jazz, he stuck with it and has become a respected performer, educator and author. Described as “Seattle’s premier hot jazz guitarist” by Earshot Jazz magazine, he has performed with Pearl Django, The Hot Club of San Francisco, Andy Stein, Dan Hicks, John Jorgenson, Frank Vignola, Howard Alden and The Tacoma Symphony Orchestra as well as leading numerous groups under his own name.


This concert will be outside on the lawn by Lake Carmel. We will be limiting the audience number to 50 people so please purchase tickets in advance. Everyone will be needing to wear a mask. Designated areas will be assigned for each group.  Please help us continue our music programs.  If you have any questions please email 


This project is made possible, in part, through the Putnam Arts Council’s Arts Link Grant Program with public funds provided through the NY State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Andres M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.



Friends of Classical Music members, this concert is included in your membership. Please email us if you are planning to come.


Tickets: $20