CCS O'Connors

Mark and Maggie O'Connor

The Arts Council of Moore County and Parsec Financial Wealth Management will open the 38th annual Classical Concert Series with the Grammy-winning violinists Mark and Maggie O’Connor. The concert will be presented on Monday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. at the Sunrise Theater.

“Only a few seats remain with several ways to purchase your tickets,” says a spokesman.

Mark O'Connor began his creative journey at the feet of American fiddling legend, Benny Thomasson, and the iconic French jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli. He has melded these influences into a new American classical music, and is perpetuating his vision of an American school of string playing.

Mark has won three Grammys, seven CMA awards and several national fiddle, guitar and mandolin champion titles. His distinguished career includes representing the U.S. in cultural diplomacy to six continents and performing in front of several U.S. presidents.

Maggie O'Connor grew up in a musical family in the suburbs of Atlanta, Ga., and started playing the violin at age 7. With a unique background in both traditional classical violin training and American musical styles, Maggie continues her mission to show that violinists can and should participate in everything the instrument has to offer.

Maggie earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in violin performance from the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University. She was a finalist in the Marbury Prize Competition for undergraduate violinists and studied at the Aspen Music Festival.

The O’Connors’ program will offer a broad and interconnecting collection of American music through violin and fiddle solos and duos, with additional music by Mark on guitar.

The remaining three series concerts include classical guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas on Oct. 21, pianist Nathan Lee on March 9, and Ensemble Melange on April 6.

A subscription for all four concerts is only $110 per person ($90 for Arts Council members). If you can’t attend all the concerts, purchase a “Pick 3” concerts in the series for $90 per person ($75 for Arts Council members) or a “Pick 2” concerts in the series for $62 per person ($52 for Arts Council members). A single concert ticket is $35 ($30 for Arts Council members).

Before the concert, a special dinner will be offered at Wolcott’s Restaurant in Southern Pines. Located just three blocks from the Sunrise Theater, Wolcott’s will serve a delicious, 3-course meal for an all-inclusive price of $38 per person. Dinner reservations are required by September 26 and can only be made by calling the Arts Council at (910)692-2787. Space is very limited, so call soon to complete your concert evening.

For additional information and questions about the Arts Council’s Classical Concert Series, call (910) 692-2787 or visit

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