The fiddle phenom of new American classical is used to open pastures—his Sony Classical debut was Appalachia Waltz, after all—so Mark O'Connor seems in good stead to continue this summer's excellent River to River lineup. His deft combination of folk, classical, and jazz constantly pushes the polyphonic potential of four strings; last month's String Quartets No.'s 2 & 3 reintroduces the bluegrass roots of his formal training with broad canonical sweep and earthy, convivial tone. The NY resident is also an ardent arts education supporter as president of the Mark O'Connor String Camp—so he's well versed in urban scenery, too.
Mon., June 15, 7:30 p.m., 2009
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