OGDEN, Utah – Mark O'Connor has redefined the parameters of fiddling in his 30-year career. O’Connor and his Hot Swing Trio will present a “Tribute to Stephane Grappelli,” March 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Austad Auditorium of the Browning Center for the Performing Arts.
O'Connor, known for years as a bluegrass and country phenomenon, draws on his tutelage with swing king and French master Stephane Grappelli as the inspiration for his current Full Swing concert tour.
At the age of 13, O'Connor attended a Grappelli concert in Vancouver, British
Columbia, and became mesmerized. He later played guitar on a Grappelli tour, and was invited to perform violin duets as well. As their friendship thrived, O’Connor drew on Grappelli’s teachings to move freely between classical, jazz, folk and country music, seeking the threads that connected them all.
After Grappelli's death in 1997, O'Connor decided to celebrate his legacy and formed a trio with guitarist Frank Vignola and bassist Jon Burr, who had performed with Grappelli during the last decade of his life.
The Seattle Times raves, “No matter what he plays, when you’re listening to O’Connor, you know you’re listening to genius.”
Tickets are $15, $12 student/seniors, and may be purchased through the Dee Events Center, 626-8500. For more information on O’Connor visit www.markoconnor.com and www.weber.edu/culturalaffairs/.
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