Mark O'Connor and Maestro Grant Cooper discuss "Is it a fiddle or a violin?" at the Clay Center in Charleston
The subject of the lunchtime lecture at the Clay
Center today was “Is it a violin or
After a bit of discussion of terms (and a few jokes), the
conversation moved on to more interesting matters, including understanding
music throughout different cultures, improvisation, how we learn music, finding
new directions for American music, and the inspiration for Grant Cooper’s and
Mark O’Connor’s compositions that blend folk and classical music.
Here’s the main discussion (to download, podcast, or stream
Mark O'Connor and WV Symphony artistic director Grant Cooper
Here’s the question and answer session. The questions are off-mic, so you can’t hear
them, but the answers are very interesting even without the questions and worth
hearing. Some questions led to even more in-depth discussions.
Q & A from "Is it a violin or a fiddle?"