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Mark O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz Trio will play at Performing Arts Center on April 27

Mark O’Connor has been hailed as one of the most gifted composers and musicians of his generation.

The Grammy Award-winning violinist will bring his unique combination of bluegrass, jazz and classical music to the Performing Arts Center (PAC) at Georgia Southern University.

Mark O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz Trio will appear at the PAC on Friday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m.

Accompanied by Carol Cook on the viola and Natalie Haas on the cello, O’Connor produces a truly original sound that one critic described as ‘chamber music without boundaries.”

Tickets for Mark O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz Trio are $30 plus tax per person for the general public. Georgia Southern faculty, staff and students will receive a 10 percent discount. Groups of 15 or more people from outside the University community are also eligible for a 10 percent discount.

In addition, if any tickets are available 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the performance, any Georgia Southern student with a valid University I.D. can purchase one ticket for $10 plus tax.

A product of America’s rich folk aural tradition, O’Connor first honed his craft at the feet of legendary Texas fiddler Benny Thomasson and famous French jazz violinist Stephanie Grappelli. Between these two extremes, O’Connor absorbed a multitude of musical styles and genres.

Along the way, O’Connor melded and shaped the various influences into a new American classical music, prompting a critic for the Los Angeles Times to note that he has ‘crossed over so many boundaries that his style is purely personal.”

O’Connor has recorded more than 20 albums and collected two Grammy Awards. In 1991, he took home the award for Best Country Instrumental Performance for ‘The New Nashville Cats.” In 2000, he earned the award for Best Classical Crossover Album for ‘Appalachian Journey,” his collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer.

In addition, O’Connor contributed music to the soundtracks for two motion pictures, ‘The Patriot” and ‘Gods and Generals.” He also contributed to the soundtrack of a six-part PBS documentary on the American Revolution.

O’Connor has performed at the White House, the Presidential Inauguration Celebration and the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. During a recent stop on his current tour, he performed with Roseanne Cash in New York City.

The PAC is located on the Georgia Southern campus at the corner of Chandler Road and Plant Drive. The box office is open every Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. If there is an event on a Monday, the box office will be open on that day from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The box office is also open one hour prior to the start of each performance.

To purchase tickets or obtain additional information, call (912) 486-7999 or toll free (866) PAC-ARTS, or visit the PAC Web site at –

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