Happy Thanksgiving from Mark O'Connor
A Thanksgiving Greeting from Mark!
A Happy Thanksgiving to all of my friends and fans. I am thankful to finally have a Christmas album! I am thrilled to release "An Appalachian Christmas" CD this holiday season. This completes my trilogy of the "Appalachia" recordings; "Appalachia Waltz," "Appalachian Journey" and now a fitting conclusion - "An Appalachian Christmas."
As is the case with each of these "Appalachia" albums, they have helped me make the musical statement that Appalachia is the original melting pot of our country featuring more diverse styles and traditions of American music than anywhere -blues, spirituals, hoedown, ragtime, bluegrass, jazz... The mountain range extends up into Pennsylvania where I currently have a home on the river. The region even inspired the most well-known American Classical music ever composed, Copland's "Appalachian Spring."
This is the spirit of my new holiday album - carols, fiddling, jazz, and a couple orchestrations too. It is inspired by what one could hear in the O'Connor household at Christmas time when I was a child as well. I remember one Christmas where nearly all the presents were record albums of all kinds! That was one musical Holiday! I am thankful to all of you for loving my music - and this one in particular - is for you! I hope you enjoy!
Performance Today's Thanksgiving Broadcast to Feature Mark O'Connor
Tune in tomorrow on Thanksgiving as Performance Today broadcasts a performance from Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, in which Mark plays "Improvisation on Sally Goodwin."
American Public Media's Performance Today is broadcast on 260 public radio stations across the country and is heard by about 1.3 million people each week. Each station individually decides what time to air the program. To find out where and when Performance Today is broadcast in your area, please visit http://performancetoday.org/stations.
Great reviews are rolling in for "An Appalachian Christmas"!
"And speaking of virtuoso string players, violinist Mark O'Connor's An Appalachian Christmas (OMAC Records) is an absolute delight, with both instrumental and vocal Christmas music. With guests that include the cream of the Nashville studio musician crop and singers Jane Monheit, James Taylor and Steve Wariner, O'Connor (who plays several instruments here, including drums) delivers a top-notch product, as usual." -American Songwriter.com.
"Violinist Mark O'Connor is a maestro of many genres... (he) and his fiddle are in top form throughout, whether delivering a vaguely Celtic reading of 'What Child Is This' or pulling off the nearly impossible feat of a non-annoying version of 'Carol of the Bells.'" -MetroMix New York
"When fiddle maestro Mark O'Connor plays Christmas music, it's bound to be special. The 16 numbers on "An Appalachian Christmas" are definitely special. Without a doubt." -Times Record News
Check out Mark live in concert, on your radio and streaming on the web this holiday season!
You can also hear Mark on several upcoming radio shows in December! NPR’s Here & Now will air a feature interview before the holidays. American Public Media's 'Performance Today' will be featuring Mark and his 'An Appalachian Christmas' album in December. New York City's flagship NPR station WNYC will feature a live interview and performance on December 20 on its show, Soundcheck with John Schaefer. And a holiday performance & interview will air between December 21-27 on E-Town, which is syndicated on more than 300 stations.
The O'Connor Method continues to flourish!
The O'Connor Method Violin Book III is going to print! And while we wait for it, check out Mark's YouTube Channel. There you will find visual treatments of "Old Folks at Home" and "Deep River" from the Method Book III CD.
And 2012 O'Connor Method Teacher Training Seminars are being planned for Albuquerque, NM, Toronto, Canada, Huntington, PA, Miami, FL (at Frost School of Music at University of Miami), Denver, CO, Boston, MA (at The O'Connor/Berklee Summer String Program and Method Camp), and Charleston, SC (at the Charleston O'Connor Method Camp). Find one near you! More information can be found on Mark's website.
Here are some recent comments from teachers who have been using the O'Connor Method:
"Thanks so much for the training this weekend. I can't imagine how I lived and taught without the O'Connor Method. It's amazing what my students have been able to accomplish in the 3 days I've been using it in my classes!"- Amanda
I need your books now more than ever. Now that I've been using them for 2 years, I can see what a great contribution to string teaching they are making. They are so wonderful to play---so violinistic! Everyone likes to hear them, students learn so much about playing---and naturally. They are really really well-thought out, and a pleasure to teach. -Doree
Mark, I'm really excited that Book 3 of the O’Connor violin method is coming; Books 1 and 2 of your orchestral method look terrific. Congratulations!- David
I am very much enjoying using your method and having encouraged the other violin teachers at SOL-LA to take a look - they too are using it now. It complements beautifully the other systems that i have grown attached to over the years. -Margaret
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