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March 19 01:51 AM
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ONEONTA CONCERT ASSOCIATION'S 84th SUBSCRIPTION DRIVE


09/09/2011 - Oneonta Concert Association is continuing the subscription drive for its 84th concert season. The high point for many will be the appearance of violinist and composer Mark O'Connor with the Catskill Symphony Orchestra Oct. 22, a collaboration between the Catskill Symphony and OCA.

Mark O'Connor is probably the greatest "cross-over" musician of our era. He studied with Benny Thomasson, the father of the modern fiddle, and Stephane Grapelli, probably the greatest improviser on jazz violin in history. In his now 30-year long career, O'Connor has been able to fuse his classical training with jazz improvisation and folk fiddling to the point that his style is unique and personal.

The other 4 concerts on the OCA series, running from now until May, will also feature remarkable talents:

the Borromeo String Quartet, September 30;

jazz pianist Rossano Sportiello, November 18;

Boston Chamber Music Society, March 23; and

Taylor 2 Dance Company, May 11.

Season subscriptions for all five concerts are only $75 for adults, $25 for students, $150 for an entire family. Subscriptions may be purchased from any of two dozen OCA board members, by calling 433-7252, or at OCA's first concert of the new season, the Borromeo String Quartet, September 30th.

Mark O'Connor has composed 6 violin concertos, 3 string quartets, and a symphony, called the "Americana Symphony," and performs these regularly with symphony orchestras and string players world-wide. The Los Angeles Times called O'Connor, "One of the most talented and imaginative artists working in music -- any music today," and The New York Times calls his career,"One of the most spectacular journeys in recent American music."

Mark O'Connor's most recent recording, 'Jam Session' (4/13/10, OMAC), offers "dazzling" (Wall Street Journal) live acoustic recordings that combine bluegrass and gypsy jazz. Shore Fire Media describes it as being "comparable in its rhythmic intoxication and stratospheric solos with the Grateful Dead's 'Live/ Dead' or the Charlie Parker/Dizzy Gillespie 'Jazz at Massey Hall.' Perhaps no better jam recordings have been captured on acoustic string instruments in recent memory."

Considered "Simply the best there is" by the Boston Globe, the critically acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet is one of the most sought after quartets in the world. Audiences and critics alike champion their revealing explorations of Beethoven, Bartok, and Shostakovich, and their ability to make contemporary repertoire approachable and enlightening has become a hallmark. They perform at the world's most famous concert halls and festivals, and continue long-standing residencies in Boston, New York City, and Tokyo.

OCA audiences will remember Rossano Sportiello as the exciting pianist with the Harry Allen Quartet last year. Sportiello states his goal as simply, "To play jazz and make it understandable to everybody. Most of all, I want to see people smiling and having fun!" Classically trained, he is as comfortable playing Chopin as Thelonious Monk.

Boston Chamber Music Society will be playing a return engagement for Oneonta Concert Association. Founded in 1982 by a group of enthusiastic music colleagues, BCMS is an ensemble of superb musicians who come together in different combinations to prepare and perform chamber music. Over the years, BCMS has built a reputation for impassioned performances, ripened over time by the long personal and professional histories of its member musicians.

Finally, also on a return to Oneonta, will be the Taylor 2 dance company, founded by the legendary choreographer Paul Taylor as the smaller accompaniment to the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Taylor 2's chamber size (6 professional dancers) has been described as "wonderfully intimate," ideally "tailored" to Paul Taylor's style of modern dance.

Many regard the Oneonta Concert Association's seasons as the best bargain for live music and dance in the area. OCA programs are made possible, in part, by The New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. OCA is also supported by the Dewar Foundation, the A.C. Molinari Foundation, and other area foundations. OCA is a member of the Otsego County Arts Alliance, funded by Otsego County Occupancy Tax Revenues and Community Bank. Community Bank is proud to support the arts and their contribution to our quality of life. OCA is also supported by Otsego County Tourism. For more information about events in Otsego County, call 800-843-3394.

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