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Mark and Maggie O'Connor

Sunday, March 31, 2019, 10:00 PM


"One of the most spectacular journeys in recent American music." - The New York Times"One of the most talented and imaginative artists working in music -- any music -- today."- The Los Angeles Times"Brilliantly original." - The Seattle Times"The audience was on its feet . . . They were moved by Mr. O'Connor's journey without maps, cheering for the only musician today who can reach so deeply first into the refined, then the vernacular, giving his listeners a complex, sophisticated piece of early-21st-century classical music and then knocking them dead with the brown-dirt whine of a Texas fiddle." - The New York TimesMark O'Connor began his creative journey at the feet of American fiddling legend Benny Thomasson, and the iconic French jazz violinist Stphane Grappelli. Now, at age 55, he has melded these influences into a new American classical music, and is perpetuating his vision of an American School of String Playing. Mr. OConnor has won three Grammys, seven CMA awards as well as several national fiddle, guitar and mandolin champion titles. His distinguished career includes representing the United States Information Agency in cultural diplomacy to six continents and performing in front of several U.S. presidents including being invited to the White House by President Ronald Reagan to perform as a teen.After recording a series of albums for Rounder and Warner Bros including his multiple Grammy-winning New Nashville Cats, his recordings for Sony Classical with Yo-Yo Ma, Appalachia Waltz and Appalachian Journey sold a million CDs and gained O'Connor worldwide recognition as a leading proponent of a new American musical idiom. Mr. OConnors Fiddle Concerto released on Warner Bros. has become the most-performed violin concerto composed in the last 50 years. On his own OMAC Records label, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra recorded his sweeping Americana Symphony while his groundbreaking 9th concerto, The Improvised Violin Concerto was recorded in Boston Symphony Hall. His new touring group, the Mark OConnor Band consisting of family members (wife, son and daughter-in-law) debuted at #1 on Billboard Magazines bluegrass album chart and their first album Coming Home won a Grammy in 2017. Mr. OConnor is set to release his 47th feature album on June 7th, 2017, an exciting new CD, Mark OConnor Band Live!Mr. OConnor has authored a series of educational books called the OConnor Method and is now the fastest growing violin method in the country and tens of thousands can credit the OConnor books for learning how to play stringed instruments. The OConnor Method features American music styles, creativity, cultural diversity and western classical technical training. Mr. OConnor currently is artist-in-residence with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, touring nationally with the Mark OConnor Band and resides in North Carolina with his wife, fellow bandmate and duo partner Maggie OConnor. For more information, please see www.markoconnor.com, www.oconnormethod.com, and www.markoconnorband.com.Maggie OConnor BioViolinist and American fiddler Maggie O'Connor performs a variety of musical styles throughout the U.S. and beyond, most recently as a member of the Grammy Award winning Mark O'Connor Band. 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, the Walla Walla Symphony, the Nashville Symphony with the O'Connor Band, and many other symphony orchestras performing his compositions ranging from his "Strings and Threads Suite" to his "Double Violin Concerto" and "Johnny Appleseed Suite". The couple has also performed violin duos around the world, including the Leopold Auer Music Academy Hungary as well as the Berlin Konzerthaus celebrating the centennial birthday of the great violinist Yehudi Menuhin. Maggie tours with the O'Connor Band, whose debut album "Coming Home" won a Grammy Award for "Best Bluegrass Album of the

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