Two-time Grammy Award winner Mark O’Connor and Maggie O’Connor, versatile and accomplished violinists who play everything from Classical violin to Bluegrass and Rock & Roll Fiddle will appear at The Barns at Rose Hill April 2nd.
Mark and Maggie O’Connor – American Classics identifies the cornerstones of repertoire, style and wonderful diversity of A New American School of String Playing. Mining a huge body of repertoire that has made its impact on American music, the selected tunes and arrangements by Mr. O’Connor represent stylistic importance, pedagogical value and have timeless appeal.
The program offers a broad and interconnecting collection of American music through violin solos and duos, with several featuring piano accompaniment. Audiences as well as students of the violin will find themselves inspired by the songbook of America as they have never heard it before.
A product of America’s rich aural folk tradition as well as classical music, Mark O’Connor’s creative journey began at the feet of a pair of musical giants. The first was the folk fiddler and innovator who created the modern era of American fiddling, Benny Thomasson; the second, French jazz violinist, considered one of the greatest improvisers in the history of the violin, Stephane Grappelli. Working with classical violin icons Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Yehudi Menhuin and Pinchas Zukerman, he absorbed knowledge and influence from the multitude of musical styles and genres he studied and participated in. With his body of work including 45 feature albums of mostly his own compositions, Mark O’Connor has melded and shaped these influences into a new American Classical music, and a vision of an entirely American school of string playing.
Violinist and American fiddler Maggie O’Connor performs a variety of musical styles in concert halls throughout the U.S. and beyond. Frequently performing with her husband, violinist and composer Mark O’Connor, together they have appeared as guest soloists with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, the Santa Rosa Symphony and many other symphony orchestras performing his composition Strings and Threads Suite. Maggie is also a frequent guest performer in her husband’s ensembles ranging from Hot Swing and An Evening of American Strings to An Appalachian Christmas, a hit concert tour taking place each holiday season. Maggie is working as co-director along with Mark for the O’Connor Method Camp NYC featuring the lesson book series that is rising in popularity each year. She is also featured in her and her husband’s new album “Duo,” which David McGee of Deep Roots Magazine claims “As a technician and as an expressive player, she is formidable, has it all. What I find so special about her, apart from the sheer soulfulness abundant in the music she makes, is her uncanny sense of playing off of and with Mark, knowing when to assert herself and when to be empathetic and supportive.”
TICKETS AND INFORMATION:
Barns of Rose Hill is located at 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville, Va. 22611. Free parking is available next door at the Berryville-Clarke County Government Center / Clarke County Library / Barns of Rose Hill parking lot.
For more information, please visit the Barns of Rose Hill website at BarnsofRoseHill.org.