Concerts

Mark and Maggie O'Connor

Wednesday 19 May
7.30pm - 9.30pm

The American fiddling legend Mark O’Connor comes to the Byrd Theatre with his wife Maggie as the violin duo highlights Virginia’s own fiddling roots through their music. The program offers a broad and interconnecting collection of American music through violin/fiddle solos and duos, with additional music by Mark O'Connor on guitar.

Artists' Biographies

Mark and Maggie O'Connor

Mark O’Connor has won three Grammys, seven CMA awards and several national fiddle, guitar and mandolin champion titles. He has composed nine concertos and two symphonies recorded by the Baltimore Symphony, London Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony among others. O’Connor is well-known for his chamber music including his million-selling composition Appalachia Waltz featuring Yo-Yo Ma. Mark O’Connor has authored a series of educational books called the O’Connor Method featuring American music styles, creativity, cultural diversity and western classical technical training. His current Grammy-winning Mark O’Connor Band and Duo performances feature his wife, violinist Maggie O’Connor. Together, they have appeared as guest soloists with orchestras and appeared in violin duo performances at the Yehudi Menuhin Centennial celebration at the Berlin Konzerthaus, Lockenhaus Festival, Musikfest in Austria and the Leopold Auer Violin Festival in Hungary. Maggie O’Connor is co-director of the O’Connor Method String Camp in Charlotte, NC.