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The 65th Street Session: Chris Thile, Billy Strings, and Cory Henry

Feb 01

NY Phil Creative Partner and mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile welcomes Grammy Award–winning bluegrass guitarist Billy Strings, plus organist / pianist Cory Henry as special guest, for the final installment of The 65th Street Session.

The 65th Street Session: Chris Thile, Billy Strings, and Cory Henry


7:30 PM





Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall


  • Chris Thile

    Curator / Performer

    MacArthur Fellow and Grammy Award–winning mandolinist, singer, and songwriter Chris Thile is a founding member of the critically acclaimed bands Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek. For four years he hosted the public radio favorite Live from Here with Chris Thile (formerly known as A Prairie Home Companion). With his broad outlook, he creates a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike.

    Learn more about Chris Thile
  • Billy Strings


    Raised in Michigan and based in Nashville, Tennessee, Grammy Award–winning Billy Strings is known as one of music’s most compelling artists. Most recently, he unveiled California Sober — a collaboration with legendary artist Willie Nelson — his first release since partnering with venerable label Reprise Records. The collaboration follows Strings’s full-length album, Me / And / Dad, which was released last fall and features Strings alongside his father, Terry Barber. The realization of a long-held dream, the record features new versions of 14 bluegrass and country classics that the two have been playing together since Strings was a young child. 

    Learn more about Billy Strings
  • Cory Henry


    Cory Henry is a Grammy Award–winning artist, composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and all-around keyboard master. Henry’s album Something to Say was nominated for a 2022 Grammy for Best Progressive R&B Album, and he was nominated as a producer on Eric Bellinger’s New Light. In 2022 Henry won his first Latin Grammy for Album of the Year for his work on Rosalía’s album Motomami, which also received a 2023 Grammy for Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album. Henry received a 2023 Grammy nomination for his album Operation Funk for Best Progressive R&B Album, and a 2024 nomination for Best Alternative Jazz Album for Live at the Piano. The many other artists with whom he has collaborated include Imagine Dragons, Smino, and Lucky Daye. Henry was previously a member of Snarky Puppy; during his time in the band he won three Grammys. Cory Henry’s most recent works have garnered attention from fans all over the world as he delivered sold-out shows in venues from North America to Asia, as well as at most of the major music festivals.

    Learn more about Cory Henry

Special Thanks

Lead support for The 65th Street Session is provided by Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, GRoW @ Annenberg.

The Digital Organ is made possible by Ronnie P. Ackman and Lawrence D. Ackman.


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