Mark O'Connor, Gillian Gallagher, Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Patrice Jackson
Photo: Jeff Fasano
Mark O'Connor String Quartet
An Afternoon with Strings
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Sunday, October 3, 2010 / 5:00 PM
Mark O'Connor, violin
Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violin
Gillian Gallagher, viola
Patrice Jackson, cello
Grammy award-winning violinist Mark O'Connor is joined by a trio of gifted and versatile young string players, combining their singular talents for an unforgettable afternoon of explorations in new musical territory. The concert offerings include two of O'Connor's string quartets: No. 2 "Bluegrass" which features blazingly intricate rhythms, soulful harmonies, and achingly beautiful melodies, and his latest, No. 3 "Old-Time" composed on commission for the Quadricentennial of the Hudson River. Also featured are string trios from O'Connor's own Appalachia Waltz repertoire made famous by the recordings of Yo-Yo Ma. All of these celebrated works draw on O'Connor's own well-documented (and uniquely American) musical history.
String Quartet No. 2 "Bluegrass"
Select pieces from "Appalachia Waltz"
String Quartet No. 3 "Old-Time"
About the Ensemble:
Grammy Award-winning violinist/composer/fiddler Mark O'Connor is widely recognized as one of the most gifted contemporary composers in America and surely one of the brightest talents of his generation. The Seattle Times writes: "No matter what he plays, when you’re listening to O’Connor, you know you’re listening to genius." Mark O'Connor incorporates many musical styles and genres into a sound that is uniquely his own. As noted by The Los Angeles Times, Mark O’Connor has "crossed over so many boundaries, that his style is purely personal." For more information, visit markoconnor.com.
One of New York City’s most in-demand violinists, Kelly Hall-Tompkins’s dynamic career spans solo, chamber, and orchestral performance. Ms. Hall-Tompkins was winner of a 2003 Naumburg International Violin Competition Honorarium Prize, CAG Career Grant, and has been soloist with Dallas, Greenville, and Monmouth Symphonies, and the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago; Ms. Hall-Tompkins is a member of the Florida-based Ritz Chamber Players and has performed extensively with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and is a member of the NJ Symphony.
Gillian Gallagher, viola, is already making a considerable name for herself as a chamber musician, having collaborated with such eminent performers as violinists Arnold Steinhardt and Naoko Tanaka, pianists Rita Sloan, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Jerome Lowenthal, flutist Carol Wincenc and the Tokyo String Quartet. A native of Saratoga Springs, NY, Gillian has studied with Mitchell Stern, Maria Lambros and Misha Amory, and with Heidi Castleman and Hsin-Yun at The Juilliard School.
The brilliant and gifted young cellist Patrice Jackson is carving a name for herself as a talented and charismatic young soloist. In 2002 Ms. Jackson was awarded first place in the Senior Laureate Division of the nationally renowned Sphinx Competition, and was the recipient ofthe 2002 Yale University Aldo Parisot Prize awarded to a “gifted cellist who shows promise for a concert career.” Since then she has performed with the Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas, New Jersey, Milwaukee, Omaha, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Grand Rapids, Nashville, Hartford, Chautauqua, Colorado and Mississippi Symphonies, as well as with the Philadelphia Orchestra.