Center for the Arts Welcomes Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing Trio Feb. 7

Posted: February 4, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

American violinist Mark O’Connor’s musical love affair with Stephane Grappelli has been very nearly a lifelong thing. Grapelli, the spirited French master whose career began in the streets of Paris in the 1920s, forged a historic partnership with fabled Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. Though Grappelli would go on to many other things in a prosperous professional life until his death in 1997 at age 89, it was his vibrant collaboration with Reinhardt that permanently established his sound.

After Grappelli’s death, O’Connor felt compelled to celebrate his legacy and formed a trio with guitarist Frank Vignola and bassist Jon Burr, who had performed with Grappelli during the last decade of his life. The group’s 2001 live recording, “Hot Swing!” documents a collection of songs associated with Grappelli and the Hot Club era, while also emphasizing the contemporary travels of the individual soloists. The trio performs Grapellli and Reinhardt tunes like Nuages and Minor Swing and pieces inspired by the Grapelli-Reinhardt collaboration in a program at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion begins 45 minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.

Tickets are $36, $28, and $18; children 12 and under are half price. Charge tickets by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit

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