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September 29, 1999

Mark O'Connor to Perform at Middlebury College on Oct. 13

Praise for Mark O'Connor: "O'Connor is a composer and artist to follow. His informed and engaging work bridges genres and, in due time, just might develop into something beyond extraordinary." --The Washington Post

Grammy Award winner, composer, and violin virtuoso Mark O'Connor will perform on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Middlebury College's Mead Chapel on Hepburn Road, off College Street (Route 125). The performance will be a tribute to his mentor, the late violin master St├ęphane Grappelli, with whom O'Connor first played when he was 17 years old.

Hailed as a violinist whose musical style spans classical, jazz, country, bluegrass, popular music, and Celtic genres, O'Connor established himself as a fiddler and recording artist more than two decades ago. He has performed with everyone from Yo-Yo Ma and James Taylor to Wynton Marsalis, Lyle Lovett, and Paul Simon.

Named the Country Music Association's Musician of the Year for six consecutive years, O'Connor is now celebrating the release of his 19th album, "Midnight on the Water." O'Connor has performed internationally as well as at Carnegie Hall, the White House, and the Centennial Olympic Games closing ceremonies.

In a recent Los Angeles Times article, O'Connor was noted for his "masterful display of instrumental technique and musical imagination." He was described as "an artist who has crossed over so many boundaries that his style is purely personal."

Tickets for this performance are $9 general admission and $7 for senior citizens. A pre-performance dinner at 6 p.m. will be held in the Redfield Room of Proctor Hall, across Hepburn Road from Mead Chapel. To order tickets or make dinner reservations, call the College box office at 802-443-6433.