The O’Connor Band featuring Mark O’Connor
February 4, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Collins Center for the Arts
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The O’Connor Band featuring Mark O’Connor

Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Collins Center for the Arts

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. Along the way, between these marvelous musical extremes, Mark O’Connor absorbed knowledge and influence from the multitude of musical styles and genres he studied. Now, at age 54, he has melded and shaped these influences into a new American Classical music, and a vision of an entirely American school of string playing. As The Los Angeles Times recently noted, he has“crossed over so many boundaries, that his style is purely personal.”

The O’Connor Band, featuring iconic fiddler Mark O’Connor, puts on an engaging, dynamic show featuring compelling arrangements, virtuosic solos, and tight vocal harmonies. Introducing Mark’s family members; Maggie O’Connor – fiddle, Forrest O’Connor – mandolin and vocals and Kate Lee – fiddle and vocals. Rounding out the band is National Flatpick Guitar Champion Joe Smart and double bassist/old-time banjoist Geoff Saunders. Genre: Country, Progressive Bluegrass, Acoustic Pop, Indie Folk, Americana.

$34 – Orchestra | $26 – Balcony

$6 tickets are available for this performance to k-12 students. Ticket orders that include k-12 tickets must be purchased over the phone or in person and can only be picked up at the box office on the night of the show.

A $4 facility fee will be added to tickets for this show.