Queen and Pavarotti. Beyoncé and Beethoven. Metallica and Mozart. The most iconic names in music are honored together through a breakout musical experience — The Tapestry.
Debuted on Dec. 3, 2016, in Detroit, Michigan, The Tapestry performs a fusion of opera and rock to audiences across the country. The band began as a pipedream of two music-obsessed friends — Corey Crider, artistic director and Marion, Kentucky resident, and Scott Hamrick, producer and Evansville resident — who met at Murray State University in 1995.
“There is a true visceral reaction to hearing this kind of sound circus that is powerful and stays with the audience and the players,” says Scott.
Twenty years later, the duo joined forces with their wives, Michelle and Suzan, and friends Stephanie and Matt Gilbert to form Tapestry Productions LLC in Newburgh, Indiana.
While the lineup now differs from the nine original members, with more than 20 artists performing in the group over the years, Corey, baritone and guitar; Michelle, soprano; and Scott, vocals, are joined on stage by Nick Bulger, tenor and guitar; Melanie Baker, keyboard and vocals; Adam Jenks, bass and guitar; and Drew Beasley, drums and percussion, to form the current Tri-State band.
As the group flourishes, adding to their Facebook concert calendar, the company works on other projects, including Small Batch, a southern rock and country ensemble; Remove the Veil, a full theatrical production; and Tapestry:Connect, a nonprofit that brings creative, musical programming to students.
“At a time when our world feels so divided, The Tapestry offers an experience that shows ‘deep inside we’re all the same,’” says Scott. “We invite everyone to come and see for themselves what the transformative nature of music can do.”