First Solo Show (1991) Mark O'Connor at Station Inn





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Published on May 19, 2012

First Solo Show (1991) Mark O'Connor at Station Inn

Mark O'Connor debuts his violin solo composition at a club, two years before making his Carnegie Hall debut with the piece. He performed it in between performances by Midori and Perlman - all performing solo violin for the 1993 Carnegie Hall concert.

When Mark O'Connor decided to move his career from 90% session player and sideman, to 100% solo artist, he needed to know if he could do it based on his new solo show he assembled. The 'Station Inn' music club became the testing ground for what was to launch one of the most successful solo careers of any string player and composer.

Mark arranged a solo piece spun out of the first movement of his own "String Quartet (No.1) that he premiered two years before at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. What resulted from that adaptation was a fascinating new solo violin music that could be described as one of his first American Classical examples.

Mark recalls saying that depending on the audience response at the 'Station Inn' was the criteria he was going to use regarding quitting Nashville sessions for good. As one can see, the audience in the club (packed wall to wall) cheered on the fearless musician heading into a career possessing a violin style that no one had ever heard before.

(Good friend, bass player extraordinaire Victor Wooten made this video tape)

For more information on Mark O'Connor, String Camps, The O'Connor Method, ensembles, repertoire, sheet music and more, please visit http://www.markoconnor.com

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