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Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra Composed by R.E.M.’s Mike Mills for Robert McDuffie

  • Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra Composed by R.E.M.’s Mike Mills for Robert McDuffie

“Emotional spontaneity, imperturbable virtuosity and an ever-sweet tone.”
- Los Angeles Times
“…because McDuffie was nothing less than brilliant in the four solo concertos that comprise Vivaldi’s ubiquitous opus. He had everything: a powerful, driving sound that carried well in a room notoriously unfriendly to the solo violin; immaculate precision in the furious figuration of the fast movements, and a floating, polished line in the more tranquil sections. His energy and communication never flagged, nor did his finesse of phrasing and articulation.”
“McDuffie is one of the finest violinists of our age. He played with great clarity and precision, but without sacrificing anything in expression or musicality. His performance did not so much call attention to itself as to the crystalline beauty and conception of Mendelssohn’s music. This was nowhere more evident than in the cadenza, where his obvious affection, intensity and virtuosity were a perfect extension of the spirit of the first movement.”
The Buffalo News
“...[Fifth House Ensemble demonstrates] conviction, authority, and finesse..."
- New York Times

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  • Run Time: 90 min.
  • Intermissions: 1
  • Parental Guide: 8+

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Monday, January 1


Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra
Composed by R.E.M.'s Mike Mills for Robert McDuffie
Featuring Fifth House Ensemble

Robert McDuffie, violin
Mike Mills, bass and piano
Fifth House Ensemble

ADAMS Road Movies
GLASS Symphony No. 3
MILLS** Concerto for violin, rock band and string orchestra
**Orchestration & additional music by David Mallamud

Don’t miss a high-energy, amplified, rock-n-roll experience with string orchestra! This one-of-a-kind evening features icons from both the rock and classical worlds.

Hear the Rolling Stone's exclusive premiere of "Sonny Side Up" from Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra here!

Mike Mills of the mega rock band R.E.M. pairs up with Robert McDuffie, whom the San Francisco Chronicle describes as “a treasure — a musician of probing intelligence, a violinist of authority, and a force of great vitality,” to present an eclectic evening of works by John Adams, Philip Glass, and Mills himself. Inspired by the increasingly blurred lines between classical and pop music, McDuffie commissioned his longtime friend Mills to compose his Concerto for Violin, Rock Band, and String Orchestra. The piece expertly blends Mills’ prolific pop songwriting with McDuffie’s brilliance in the classical realm.

Read's preview of new recording of the piece and the tour here! Also find out what else Mills has to say about the concert at here.

Also enjoy works by two titans of contemporary American music John Adams and Philip Glass. Pitchfork Media describes Adams’ Road Movies, as “inspired compositions that stand as prime distillations of Adams’ style.” Watch Adams describe the piece here.

The New York Times says Glass’s Symphony No. 3 has “lushly romantic violin solos” and “sheer zestfulness.”

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