Practice makes perfect: Mark O'Connor and student soloist Julgi Kang run through the first movement of his Double Violin Concerto at an open rehearsal December 10.
Student Jakub Trasak warms up backstage at the Cafe 939 open rehearsal. He was only 8 years old when he first met (and impressed) O'Connor.
O'Connor tells the Cafe 939 audience that his late start on the violin gave him a leg up on writing a method book: He remembers learning to play.
Berklee President Roger H. Brown has encouraged the growth of roots music at the college.
The Berklee Jazz/World String Orchestra performs O'Connor's Strings and Threads Suite, one of his early compositions that blends folk and classical.
Student Sue Buzzard performs the second movement of the concerto. For the concert auditions, she learned all three movements.
Trasak and O'Connor perform the fast third movement of the concerto. Listening to O'Connor's The New Nashville Cats album, Trasak said, set his musical path.
Ivonne Hernandez, one of Berklee's contest-winning fiddlers, takes a break.
Berklee provides firepower to match O'Connor's fiddle. From left: Julian Lage '08, Grammy-nominated for a jazz album; Dave Hollender, banjo faculty; John McGann, faculty, on mandola; student Noam Wiesenberg; and O'Connor.
Students Courtney Hartmann, Fiona Schubeck, and Hannah Read sing in three-part harmony.
The mess of musicians threatens to play all night. Judging from the excitement, some probably did.