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Mark O'Connor and friends open latest SVAL season

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SNOQUALMIE - Mark O'Connor, composer, virtuoso violinist/fiddler and his Appalachia Waltz Trio in concert offer a musical experience of epic proportions. O'Connor's performance, along with Carol Cook on viola and Natalie Haas on cello (the Appalachia Waltz Trio), is described as "breathtaking" in one recent review, and in another he is described as "the only musician today who gives his listeners a complex, sophisticated piece of early-21st century classical music and then knocks them dead with the brown-dirt whine of a Texas fiddle!" Snoqualmie Valley Arts Live (SVAL) is delighted and proud to present this marvelous musical event - the only Northwest appearance this fall - at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, in the Mount Si High School Theater, 8651 Meadowbrook Way S.E., Snoqualmie.

O'Connor's list of accomplishments as artist/composer fills pages. A few highlights include appearing at the White House, the presidential inauguration celebration and at the Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games, for which he composed "Olympic Reel," heard worldwide during televised ceremonies. He is often featured on major network television shows. Past performances include CBS Sunday Morning, PBS Great Performances and the Kennedy Center Honors.

He has worked extensively with Yo-Yo Ma, who has recorded the cello version of Appalachia Waltz and frequently performs it in recital, and with double bassist Edgar Meyer. His Fiddle Concerto No. 1 has become the most-performed modern violin concerto, with more than 150 performances. His Appalachian Journey CD, one of many he has recorded, received a Grammy Award in 2001. The recipient of numerous commissioning grants, his works include his a capella "Folk Mass," and his Concerto No. 6 (Old Brass) for violin and orchestra commissioned by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields that was given its world premiere at BBC Proms in London in 2003, with O'Connor as soloist. His involvement in teaching and outreach is legendary. An absolutely remarkable talent and career.

Carol Cook, viola, has performed as soloist with orchestras throughout the UK, with the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and is the guest principal violist of the Cardiff Bay Chamber Orchestra.

Natalie Haas, cello, is already a seasoned performer, recording artist and teacher at the age of 20. She has appeared at festivals and in concerts in Scotland, France and across our country. She teaches at various fiddle camps, including the Mark O'Connor Fiddle Camp and Mark O'Connor Strings Conference.

Tickets for Mark O'Connor's Appalachia Waltz Trio concert are available locally at Video Nites in Fall City, Isadora's Cafe and Books in Snoqualmie and Nature's Marketplace in North Bend. They may also be purchased through ticketwindowline.com. Cost is $25 general admission, $20 seniors and $10 youth. As at all SVAL performances, there is an opportunity to mingle with friends and the artists. Cookies, beverages and parking is free.

* For information, call (425) 888-1514 or visit www.snoqualmievalleyartslive.org.

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