Mark O’Connor’s An Appalachian Christmas Concert
Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021 – 7PM
Join us for a night of holiday tunes and music from Grammy Award-winning artists! This concert will be held indoors; all CDC guidelines will be followed. Please see our mask and vaccine policy below.. Seating provided.
Mark O’Connor’s An Appalachian Christmas concert: Grammy-winning composer and fiddler Mark O’Connor has created several arrangements of Christmas classics and fashions a wondrous mixture of both instrumental and vocal music in bluegrass and other American music genres. Concertgoers are treated to fresh takes on traditional songs with a few original compositions included. His renditions are playful and joyous, but can be strikingly earnest too.
Having toured An Appalachian Christmas ten years, O’Connor and his ensemble have a dynamic energy on stage that bring their individual expertise to holiday themes and classics in the most delightful and musically satisfying way! Mark O’Connor’s touring ensemble includes his wife Maggie O’Connor on fiddle and vocals as well his son Forrest O’Connor on mandolin, guitar and vocals.
Mark O’Connor’s An Appalachian Christmas album (2011) reached the #1 ranking on Billboard’s Bluegrass Album charts. Hailed by critics from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Los Angeles Times as a top 10 album of the holiday season, it has become a perennial classic Christmas recording.
“All Christmas music should be played so elegantly on violin” — Boston Globe
“Heavenly” – Associated Press
“Elegant” – New York Times
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MoCA Westport Health and Safety Policy
For all indoor concerts, MoCA Westport will be requiring attendees to show an ID and provide 1) proof of a full vaccination, 2) or proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to entry, 3) or proof of a negative rapid test within 24 hours prior to entry.
In accordance with updated Town of Westport guidance (as of 11/4/21), MoCA Westport will no longer mandate masks in our lobby and indoor galleries.
Note that we will continue to require masks in our classrooms, in accordance with State of Connecticut regulations.
Acceptable proof of full vaccination includes a CDC vaccination card (physical card, clear photograph, or photocopy). Children under the age of 12 may attend the event if they provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event.