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An Evening With Mark O'Connor

For his first recording for Sony Classical, Appalachia Waltz, GRAMMY-winning violinist Mark O'Connor collaborated with fellow GRAMMY winners Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer. The album gained O'Connor worldwide recognition as a leading proponent of a new American musical idiom. His successful follow-up release, Appalachian Journey, received a GRAMMY for Best Classical Crossover Album. After an award-winning recording career in Nashville appearing on more than 500 albums, several of which are GRAMMY winners, including his own New Nashville Cats, O'Connor has immersed himself into perpetuating American classical music. His first full-length orchestral score, "Fiddle Concerto," has become the most-performed modern violin concerto composed in the last 50 years. In 2009, he developed the O'Connor Method for violin and strings, which takes an American classical approach to modern violin playing, offering a technical foundation using a diverse range of traditional American string repertoire. The popular O'Connor Method Camp will be held for the first time in New York this August. O'Connor's "Americana Symphony," recorded by Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony, had a successful multimedia performance earlier this month with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO.  O'Connor's upcoming release, Duo, a collaboration with his wife, fiddler/violinist Maggie O'Connor, features American classics arranged for two violins. The GRAMMY Museum welcomes Mark O'Connor to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate discussion and performance surrounding his music career, moderated by Scott Goldman, Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation.

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