“It’s rock ‘n’ roll music, but it’s played by a classical violin and a string section. One thing we’re trying to do is show people that the walls between these genres of music are not quite as high as they think they are.”
Inspired by the blurred lines between contemporary classical audiences, pop and contemporary music, violinist Robert McDuffie has commissioned a new composition from R.E.M.’s Mike Mills – a longtime friend and one of the most prolific songwriter/composer/collaborators from the world of rock and pop.Mills’ Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra had its world premiere in Toronto in June of 2016.
This unique performance features McDuffie on violin; a four-member rock band led by composer Mills (performing on bass and keyboard) with two electric guitarists and a drummer; and the chamber group Fifth House Ensemble. The Toronto Star hailed the piece’s world debut as “a winning way to introduce symphony to a new generation.”
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