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 Stéphane 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
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
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.