Mark O’Connor and Friends to perform
The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will kick-off its holiday season on Friday, Dec. 6. Multiple Grammy Award-winning violinist Mark O’Connor will be surrounded by an all-star band of the finest musicians around as they present their holiday concert, An Appalachian Christmas. Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $21 each.
Mark O’Connor has sold more than two million CDs as a solo recording artist. He has received 10 Grammy Award nominations and was named the Country Music Association’s Musician of the Year six years in a row. He has also won multiple national fiddling championships, two national guitar championships, and a world mandolin championship. He has mastered many instruments and his music has been described as imaginative, engaging, and genius. He is best known for his composition, “Appalachia Waltz.” He has composed nine concertos and two symphonies and recorded with artists such as Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Charlie Daniels, and Johnny Cash.
Joining O’Connor will be his friends, Carrie Rodriguez, Cia Cherryholmes Adkisson, Forrest O’Connor, Kyle Kegerreis, and Joe Smart. Together they provide extraordinary vocals and great talent on instruments such as the fiddle, mandobird, tenor guitar, banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, acoustic and electric bass. Their music warms the soul with memories of Christmas past and reminds everyone of the hope and love each holiday season brings. This concert is based on the album, “An Appalachian Christmas,” which was recorded by O’Connor and several of his friends. It has received wide acclaim and reached peak chart positions in multiple genres.
O’Connor says that as a child, Christmastime was a wondrous mixture of Christmas carols, fiddling, bluegrass, and other traditional American music. That’s what you can expect from An Appalachian Christmas. The sounds of the season will fill the theatre and bring cheer to those who attend. Songs such as, “The Christmas Song,” “Away in a Manger,” and “Winter Wonderland,” will put everyone in the Christmas mood.
The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts welcomes one of the most talented and imaginative artists working in music and his friends to its stage. To purchase tickets to any performance at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, to get more information, or to see a schedule of coming events, go to http://www.greatmountainmusic.com/ or call (866)273-4615.