“WITH ALL THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS TIME OF YEAR, IT’S A REAL JOY TO FIND SOMETHING SO SIMPLE AND PURE AS THIS HOLIDAY OFFERING FROM MARK O’CONNOR.” – THE DAILY LOCAL NEWS, PA
Join All Classical Portland and Grammy-winning violinist Mark O’Connor at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Friday, December 22nd in his acclaimed An Appalachian Christmas tour. Mark and the O’Connor Band seamlessly combine elements from folk, bluegrass and classical traditions to create “heavenly” (Associated Press) interpretations of Christmas classics that transcend genre and have universal appeal. Family friendly and conjuring all the magic of this special time of year, you won’t want to miss this annual Portland tradition! This will be the fifth consecutive year that All Classical Portland has partnered with Mark O’Connor to bring his incredibly popular holiday tour to Portland. Family friendly and conjuring all the magic of this special time of year!
Winners of the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album, The O'Connor Band consists of Mark on violin, his wife Maggie on violin and vocals, his son Forrest on mandolin and vocals, Forrest’s fiancée Kate on violin and vocals, and family friends Geoff Smart on bass and National Flatpick Guitar Champ Joe Smart. The band delivers stunning vocal harmonies, classic covers, and sophisticated instrumentals with a fresh sound that has won over fans of every musical style. This year's show also features a number of Portland premieres from the O'Connor Band's new and highly acclaimed album, "Coming Home." Check out their new title track video on Youtube!
Master trumpeter Allen Vizzutti will delight audiences with his gorgeous sound and impressive virtuosity in a brief opening set, and Nancy Ives, principal cellist with the Oregon Symphony, will make a very special guest appearance performing parts originally crafted by Yo-Yo Ma on three selections alongside Mark and the Band.
Let All Classical Portland whisk you away from the holiday hype and take you on an enchanting journey to the heart of Appalachia, where simplicity and beauty rule the season. This “infections mix of roots music” (The Oregonian) is a Portland holiday tradition and tickets are limited, so secure your seats today!
Donors to All Classical Portland receive $5 off all tickets purchased.