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Twenty of the new season’s artists are making their debut performances at Spivey Hall.
Mark O'Connor & Friends
An Appalachian Christmas
Mark O’Connor, violin Carrie Rodriguez, vocals / violin / tenor guitar Cia Cherryholmes, vocals / banjo
Forrest O’Connor, vocals / mandolin Joe Smart, guitar Kyle Kegerreis, bass
“The esteemed fiddler and composer brings his inclusive merging of folk, country, jazz and classical music. . .A model of intelligence, heart and soul” (Los Angeles Times).
“Christmas time was a wondrous mixture of Christmas carols, fiddling, bluegrass, and other traditional American music,” reflected Mark O’Connor of his upbringing. “And that is the spirit of An Appalachian Christmas.”
Hailed as "one of the most talented and imaginative artists working in music," by the Los Angeles Times, Mark O’Connor has lived an extraordinary life as a musical artist. This multi-Grammy winning musician and composer, most known for his million-selling composition "Appalachia Waltz" has composed nine concertos and two symphonies as well as authoring a new violin method that tens of thousands of children are learning from. After 30 years, Mark still remains the only person that has won the National Fiddle Championship, the National Guitar Flatpicking Championship and the World Mandolin Championship. He was also voted "musician of the year" for six years in a row by the Country Music Association. His albums with Yo-Yo Ma spent over a year at the top of Billboard‘s classical music chart, and he was recently voted in the top five jazz violinists by New York jazz music critics.
For "An Appalachian Christmas" Mark O’Connor features some of his favorite musicians and songs from the country/bluegrass, pop, classical and jazz worlds of his musical journey.
ProgramSelections will be from Mark O’Connor’s
An Appalachian Christmas CD
The Christmas Song
Away in a Manger
O Christmas Tree
Carol of the Bells
Slumber My Darling
The Cherry Tree Carol
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
One Winter’s Night
Now It Belongs to You
What Child Is This
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Mark O'Connor's An Appalachian Christmas live - Winter Wonderland
Mark O'Connor's An Appalachian Christmas live - The Christmas Song