All Classical Portland is bringing back Grammy Award-winning violinist Mark O'Connor for the third year running as a part of his tour, An Appalachian Christmas. It may be marked as a celebration of Christmas, but O'Connor's style spans from bluegrass to classical, jazz to folk. His live show is a charming display of virtuosity, balancing between stirring classics and playful arrangements.
O'Connor, a Seattle native, has been an award-winning musician since his teenage years, with accolades on fiddle, guitar, and mandolin. He has played as a part of orchestras, string quartets, and jazz ensembles, with a resume that reaches from Yo Yo Ma to Bela Fleck, Wynton Marsalis and James Taylor.
An Appalachian Christmas features O'Connor, his friends, and family: banjo player Cia Cherryholmes, singer-songwriter and fiddler Carrie Rodriguez, bassist Kyle Kegerreis, guitarist Joe Smart, and Forrest, O'Connor's 26-year-old son, on mandolin and vocals.
An Appalachian Christmas with Mark O'Connor & Friends
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Take a look below at one of O'Connor's previous Christmas performances.
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