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MIM: string workshop for students presents - An Afternoon with Mark O'Connor

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String students are invited to participate in a special workshop led by Grammy-winning bluegrass artist Mark O'Connor on Thursday, June 8, 2017 between 1-5p at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix AZ. String pedagogue and founder of the O'Connor Method, O'Connor will offer insights into performance and playing techniques for student musicians at any level. Following the workshop, students will have the opportunity to tour MIM and enjoy the museum's galleries. String students and their teachers/chaperones participating in the workshop will be admitted free of charge. Space is limited, so students must register in advance. 

A product of America's rich aural folk tradition as well as classical music, Mark O'Connor's creative journey began at the feet of a pair of musical giants. The first was the folk fiddler and innovator who created the modern era of American fiddling, Benny Thomasson; the second, French jazz violinist, considered one of the greatest improvisers in the history of the violin, Stephane Grappelli. Working with classical violin icons Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Yehudi Menhuin and Pinchas Zukerman, he absorbed knowledge and influence from the multitude of musical styles and genres he studied and participated in. With his body of work including 45 feature albums of mostly his own compositions, Mark O'Connor has melded and shaped these influences into a new American Classical music, and a vision of an entirely American school of string playing.

The workshop is also open for general museum guests to observe with paid museum admission. SEE THE MIM PAGE