|Celebrate Christmas Eve with The Symphony and the Grammy® Award-winning Mark O’Connor Band, featuring a breathtaking fusion of classical, bluegrass, folk, and jazz renditions of holiday tunes, plus O’Connor originals!|
|“All Christmas music should be played so elegantly on the violin.”
Mark O’Connor Band’s very first performance took place at the legendary Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in Winfield, Kansas in 2015, the same event where Mark won national competitions on three instruments as a young teenager. In 2017 – less than a year and a half later – the new band took home the GRAMMY Award for Best Bluegrass Album for their debut recording, Coming Home.
In a whirlwind four years, the band has also performed at the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony, received standing ovations at the Grand Ole Opry, spent several weeks at the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums chart, headlined at The Ryman, and opened for the Zac Brown Band that included two nights at Fenway Park. They have put together shows unlike any other, blending singer-songwriter sensibilities with bluegrass instruments, and Americana rawness with chamber music sophistication. They have wowed audiences at bluegrass festivals like like GreyFox, Grand Targhee and Wintergrass, and received outstanding reviews at the world’s premier Performing Arts Centers like Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and Schermerhorn Symphony Center. LEARN MORE …
O’Connor says, “Appalachia is the original melting pot of our country featuring more diverse styles of American music than just about anywhere. This theme makes for what is a trilogy of my “Appalachia” recordings now, ‘Appalachia Waltz, ‘Appalachian Journey’ and ‘An Appalachian Christmas.’ My album features 11 Christmas tracks, as well as several Appalachian-themed songs about a beloved hunting dog, passing a fiddle down through the generations, and offering a new version of ‘Appalachia Waltz’ itself with classical guitarist Sharon Isbin, one of my most well-known pieces. A few of my favorite Christmas centerpieces for the album include Renee Fleming’s soprano embraced by a mountain orchestra and fiddle solo, as well as the jazzy style of Jane Monheit with an all acoustic string band. Growing up in the O’Connor musical household, Christmas time was a wondrous mixture of Christmas carols, fiddling, bluegrass and other traditional American music.
And that is the spirit of ‘An Appalachian Christmas.’”