Mark O'Connor & Friends: An Appalachian Christmas
Violinist and composer Mark O'Connor presents a program of Appalachian music. "Appalachia is the original melting pot of our country, featuring more diverse styles of American music than just about anywhere,'' O'Connor says. "This theme makes for what is a trilogy of my Appalachia recordings now: Appalachia Waltz, Appalachian Journey, and An Appalachian Christmas. My new album features 11 Christmas tracks, as well as several Appalachian-themed songs about a beloved hunting dog, passing a fiddle down through the generations, and offering a new version of 'Appalachia Waltz' itself with classical guitarist Sharon Isbin, one of my most well-known pieces. A few of my favorite Christmas centerpieces for the album include Renee Fleming’s soprano embraced by a mountain orchestra and fiddle solo, as well as the jazzy style of Jane Monheit with an all-acoustic string band.