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 Salon.com'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 SouthFlorida.com 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.”