Mark O'Connor

Each concert in the Southeast Kansas Symphony 2013-14 season, “American Inspiration,” is special for its own reasons, but Director Raúl Munguía says the season finale on April 27, 2014, will be one to remember.
The concert will feature the Kansas premiere of violinist and composer Mark O’Connor’s “The Improvised Violin Concerto.” This is the first concerto to feature an entirely improvised solo part over a through-composed orchestral score.
Munguía described O’Connor as “virtuoso fiddler and a prolific composer whose music blends practically every form of American music into a highly artistic yet accessible whole.”
In addition to joining the symphony for the performance of his work, O’Connor will serve as guest artist in residence for a weekend that includes three days teaching a 15-hour seminar for middle school and high school teachers from the Four-State area.
Munguia said he hopes the event will attract audiences who love not only classical music, but fiddling and music from the  Appalachians. O’Connor has dedicated his life to this genre.
For information about the concert and the Music Department’s spring “String Stravaganza,” contact the department at 620-235-4466. For tickets, call the PSU ticket office or visit them online at  www.pittstate.edu/tickets.