The Charlotte Symphony in North Carolina has named MARK O’CONNOR as its first artist-in-residence. A Grammy Award-winning violinist, composer, and educator, O’Connor composed what is considered the first full-length orchestral concerto featuring American fiddling, The Fiddle Concerto, a product of his cross-genre artistic style. He established An American School of String Playing, which teaches orchestra and solo repertoire of American classics with emphasis on creativity, improvisation, and cultural diversity. The Charlotte Symphony residency is effective through the 2017-18 season and includes annual performances in the orchestra’s Classical, altsounds, and Pops series, as well as an artistic partnership with Music Director Christopher Warren-Green. O’Connor and his wife, Maggie, also will be involved in the symphony’s education initiatives, including master classes, workshops, and pre- or post-concert talks.
Posted December 9, 2016