The anecdote is vintage O'Connor and indicative of how highly he's respected by his peers in a wide cross-section of American music. In his sweeping career that spans more than three decades, O'Connor's gone from winning bluegrass fiddling competitions to collaborating with the likes of cellist and classical icon Yo-Yo Ma, guitar legend Les Paul and jazz vocalist Jane Monheit. Whether he's scoring concertos or paying homage to the timeless 1920s Parisian swing of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, O'Connor always makes music that's both sophisticated and refreshingly accessible.
Perhaps no project embodies that O'Connor trait like his Appalachia Waltz Trio, which the violinist brings to Lafayette this Sunday and Monday; O'Connor introduces new ideas and energy to mountain music without losing sight of its hardscrabble roots. Expect a number of Acadiana's best fiddlers in the audience, and with O'Connor's penchant for spontaneous jam sessions, there might be a few surprises in store.
Mark O'Connor's Appalachia Waltz Trio plays the Heymann Center at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5. Tickets are $6-$41 and available through www.ticketmaster.com or by calling PASA at 237-2787, or visiting www.pasa-online.org. O'Connor will also lead a fiddle workshop at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. Workshop admission is $20, or free for ticket holders to O'Connor's Monday night performance.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, December 13, 2013:
September's $509 million in sales pushed Lafayette Parish's nine-month total to $4.4 billion.
The Louisiana Supreme Court has punted on its first chance to decide whether a new state constitutional provision declaring gun possession a fundamental right could void a long list of criminal statutes that regulate firearms.
New Orleans' offense, which ranks sixth in the NFL, isn't helping many of its skill players pile up Pro Bowl-type stats. Rather, the approach of coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees has enabled a wide range of play-makers to emerge periodically with high-production outings.
An ordinance phasing out a rebate businesses receive for collecting and remitting sales taxes is tabled, but it doesn’t solve the vexing issue of government revenue.
From jewelry to home goods, deals abound
Forgiving shapes for NOLA Bowl
As part of a national undertaking known by industry insiders as the “Butterfly Project,” a rebranded version of The Daily Advertiser is set to launch with Sunday’s edition of the Gannett-owned paper.
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season.
The New Orleans architect behind the 1984 World’s Fair also left his mark on Lafayette.
Laid back vibe just right for NOLA Bowl
The 30-second commercial, to run around the state, is the Democratic senator's first TV spot in her bid for re-election to a fourth term.
It's a number that has edged up but falls far short of the thousands who are eligible for subsidized coverage.
A group of mostly higher education leaders will make recommendations to state lawmakers about how to tweak the policies governing tuition rates charged at the state's public colleges.
Week long specials and a ribbon cutting celebration held in Parc Lafayette
Fort Worth company's new facility at Lafayette Regional Airport will build helicopters primarily for the export market.
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