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May 27, 2012

MSO presents Mark O'Connor June 2

MERIDIAN —     Music lovers are encouraged to come and listen to a great American artist — Mark O'Connor — during the upcoming Meridian Symphony Orchestra performance Saturday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the MSU Riley Center.

    For more information and tickets call (601) 693-2224.

    O'Connor is a Grammy-winning violinist and composer, born in 1961 in Seattle, Washington.

    A product of America's rich aural folk tradition as well as classical music, O'Connor's creative journey began at the feet of a pair of musical giants. The first was the folk fiddler and innovator who created the modern era of American fiddling, Benny Thomasson; the second, French jazz violinist, considered one of the greatest improvisers in the history of the violin, Stephane Grappelli.

    Along the way, between these marvelous musical extremes, Mark O'Connor absorbed knowledge and influence from the multitude of musical styles and genres he studied. Now he has melded and shaped these influences into a new American Classical music, and a vision of an entirely American school of string playing. As The Los Angeles Times recently noted, he has "crossed over so many boundaries, that his style is purely personal."

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