Friday, July 03, 2020

FRIDAY MUSIC: Mark O'Connor, by JD

Music from Mark O'Connor, who began his career at the age of 13 when he won the WSM Grand Masters Fiddle Championships, WSM being the radio station broadcasting to the whole of the USA from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.

Bach's Concerto in D minor for Two Violins at Carnegie Hall (1993) a benefit for the Harlem Public School violin program. Featuring Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Mark O'Connor, Midori, John Blake, Ida Kavafian, Anni Kavafian, Roberta Guaspari, Diane Monroe, Karen Briggs, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree... actually considerably more than the two violins Bach expected to be playing his concerto! It is a delight seeing very small children playing alongside maestros such as Stern and Perlman.

Documentary directed by Peter Rosen:

... and a bonus track, featuring O'Connor as the 'good' fiddler and Charlie Daniels as the 'black hat' fiddler, with Marty Stuart and Travis Tritt as the advocates for the two and Johnny Cash as the preacher man!


About the O'Connor Method for violin, viola, cello and orchestra:

Music from United States, Mexico, Latin American and Canada. American Classical Music, Hoedowns, Blues, Spirituals, Ragtime, Jazz, Bach, Baroque, Hymns, Bluegrass, Folk Songs, Rock, Ranchero, Jigs, Choros, modern compositions and much more. Technique, Solo, Ensemble, String Orchestra, Classics, Creativity, Improvisation, Cultural Diversity, Music of different eras, Individual expression. 500 hundred years of music for the violin and strings that creates relevance to the 21st century.

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