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MARK O' CONNOR: "APPALACHIA WALTZ TRIO," MAY 6, 8PM

April 13, 2006
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS
MARK O’CONNOR’S APPALACHIA WALTZ TRIO
SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2006, 8:00 P.M.

JAZZ ARTIST, COMPOSER, and FIDDLER JOINED BY NATALIE HAAS ON CELLO AND CAROL COOK ON VIOLA FOR AN INFLUENTIAL
MELDING OF MUSICAL STYLES!


Fairfax, Virginia, April 13, 2006—Mark O’Connor is one of the most gifted contemporary composers in America and surely one of the brightest talents of his generation, The Los Angeles Timesdescribes him as “one of the most talented and imaginative...working in music -- any music – today.” Now, this virtuoso fiddler/composer and jazz player joins two youthful string musicians, cellist Natalie Haas and violist Carol Cook, recreating the original 1995 Appalachia Waltz repertoire and a unique hybrid of Americana, folk and chamber music in the same tradition on Saturday, May 6, 2006 at 8:00 p.m. at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. A pre-performance discussion begins at 7:15 p.m. on the hall’s Grand Tier.

“They're part of a new wave,” says O'Connor of Cook and Haas, his collaborators who made folk training a part of their lives after experiencing the original Appalachia Waltz project. Haas, whom O'Connor first met signing a post-concert autograph for her when she was 13, has gone on to O'Connor's Fiddle Camp (held annually in Tennessee) and is now on its faculty. Cook, a former a Scottish fiddle champion, was principal violist of the Metamorphosen chamber orchestra, which premiered and toured The American Seasons in 2001. “These players excel at both classical and folk music, and I'm finding that more and more, as I create new models that younger players discover,” O'Connor continues. “This Appalachia Waltz material is some of my most successful writing… Now, Natalie and Carol play it great and add a new dimension.”

Triple-threat O'Connor is a jazz artist, a respected classical/folk composer and fiddle player. A product of America's rich aural folk tradition, Mr. O'Connor's journey began at the feet of two masters: Texas fiddler Benny Thomasson and French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli. The Los Angeles Times noted he has “crossed over so many boundaries, that his style is purely personal.”

The works Mr. O'Connor composed for Appalachia Waltz, originally a collaboration with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and doublebassist Edgar Meyer, gained worldwide recognition for him as a leading proponent of a new American musical idiom. The tremendously successful follow-up release, Appalachian Journey, received a Grammy Award in February 2001.

Mark O'Connor has appeared at The White House, the Presidential Inauguration Celebration and the ceremonies of Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Games for which he composed "Olympic Reel." He is often featured on major network television shows, and he regularly teaches master classes and conducts symposia at many schools of music including Juilliard, Tanglewood, Aspen, the Berklee College of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and many others.

APPALACHIA WALTZ TRIO IS PART OF THE AMERICAN ECHOES SERIES.
AMERICAN ECHOES IS SPONSORED BY
VERIZON FEDERAL NETWORK SYSTEMS


Tickets for MARK O’CONNOR’S APPALACHIA WALTZ TRIO are $42, $34 and $22. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa