CHILLICOTHE — Nighthawk brings together violin and cello in the duo's free concert "Earth and Sky" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Chillicothe Public Library, 430 N. Bradley Ave.

Back from her home in Providence, R.I., rural Chillicothe native EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks (violin) joins Chicago cellist David Sands in the musical duo Nighthawk. The two performers musical tour includes a few sizzling tangos, a Beethoven duo, a little Yuletide cheer, and some stunning Celtic arrangements. 

Holmes-Hicks grew up on an organic farm, where she first began playing violin. She made her way onto the stage as soloist with symphonies and then to Carnegie Hall as a member of the Pangea String Quartet. Armed with a performance degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a doctoral degree from SUNY Stony Brook, she now serves as principal second violinist of the New Bedford Symphony and a chamber player on the East Coast as well as in the Midwest. She is on faculty at the University of Massachussetts, Dartmouth and the Birch Creek Summer Performance Center. Holmes-Hicks also takes the lead in string bands across New England and in the Midwest, where her lively fiddle music drives the spirited old-time dancing.

With a degree in cello performance from DePaul University, Sands is a cello instructor at The People’s Music School, and was formerly assistant principal cellist in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Aside from teaching and performing, he is experienced in planning music for weddings and fundraising events, including TeenCancer America, CheckPlease! and the Lagunitas Brewing Company.

Concert admission is free, with donations accepted. Coffee, tea, and cookies will be served. 

For more information, visit chillipld.org or call 274-2719.