Kicking off the Blue Ridge and Beyond Series, The Surry Arts Council is pleased to present, An Evening with the Oäó»Connor Band featuring Mark Oäó»Connor. Oäó»Connor, a former child prodigy and national champion on the fiddle, guitar, and mandolin, has won numerous awards including two Grammys, and has collaborated with an array of iconic artists. Oäó»Connor is also a well known American violinist and composer who has written numerous violin concertos, which he has performed with multiple major symphony orchestras around the world. In addition to performing, he has authored a revolutionary and now best-selling instructional method for strings, The Oäó»Connor Method. The O’Connor band is made up by Mark’s wife, Maggie, playing fiddle. His son, Forrest, lead vocals and playing the mandolin. Forrest’s fiancí©, Kate lead vocals and playing the fiddle. Former National Flatpick Guitar Champion, Joe, and Geoff a DMA candidate in Bass Performance from the University of Miami rounds out the band.