Center for the Arts Presents Appalachia Waltz Trio

Posted: April 27, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mark O’Connor, virtuoso fiddler, composer and jazz player, will join two youthful string musicians, cellist Natalie Haas and violist Carol Cook, to recreate the original 1995 “Appalachia Waltz” repertoire and a unique hybrid of Americana, folk and chamber music in a Center for the Arts appearance on Saturday, May 6, at 8 p.m.

“They’re part of a new wave,” says O’Connor of Cook and Haas, his collaborators who made folk training a part of their lives after experiencing the original “Appalachia Waltz” project. Haas, whom O’Connor first met signing a post-concert autograph for her when she was 13, has gone on to O’Connor’s Fiddle Camp (held annually in Tennessee) and is now on its faculty.

Cook, a former a Scottish fiddle champion, was principal violist of the Metamorphosen chamber orchestra, which premiered and toured “The American Seasons” in 2001.

“These players excel at both classical and folk music, and I’m finding that more and more as I create new models that younger players discover,” O’Connor says. “This ‘Appalachia Waltz’ material is some of my most successful writing. Now, Natalie and Carol play it great and add a new dimension.”

The works O’Connor composed for “Appalachia Waltz,” originally a collaboration with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and doublebassist Edgar Meyer, gained worldwide recognition for him as a leading proponent of a new American musical idiom. The follow-up release, “Appalachian Journey,” received a Grammy Award in February 2001.

O’Connor has appeared at the White House, the Presidential Inauguration Celebration and the ceremonies of Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Games, for which he composed “Olympic Reel.” He is often featured on major network television shows, and he regularly teaches master classes and conducts symposia at many schools of music, including Juilliard, Tanglewood, Aspen, the Berklee College of Music and the Eastman School of Music.

Appalachia Waltz Trio is part of the American Echoes series sponsored by Verizon Federal Network Systems.

A pre-performance discussion begins at 7:15 p.m. on the hall’s Grand Tier.

Tickets are $42, $34 and $22. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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