Win Tickets ($36): All Classical Portland presents Mark O’Connor’s 2017 An Appalachian Christmas @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall | Grammy Award Winning Violinist, Portland Holiday Music

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Mark O’Connor’s An Appalachian Christmas @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on December 22. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, December 18.


From our sponsors:
Mark O’Connor’s An Appalachian Christmas
December 22, 2017
7:30 p.m. | $18 – $105 | All Ages
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Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
1037 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

For a fifth and final year, All Classical Portland presents multi Grammy and CMA Award-winning violinist Mark O’Connor with the Grammy Award-winning O’Connor Band in An Appalachian Christmas at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Friday, December 22nd at 7:30pm.

O’Connor’s prolific career as a classical music composer and legendary bluegrass fiddler is “one of the most spectacular journeys in recent American music,” (The New York Times) having brought about collaborations with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Earl Scruggs, and James Taylor.

Mark and the O’Connor Band seamlessly combine elements from folk, bluegrass and classical traditions to create “heavenly” (Associated Press) interpretations of Christmas classics that transcend genre and have universal appeal. Family friendly and conjuring all the magic of this special time of year, you won’t want to miss your last chance to experience the magic LIVE!

Winners of the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album, The O’Connor Band consists of Mark on violin, his wife Maggie on violin and vocals, his son Forrest on mandolin and vocals, Forrest’s fiancée Kate on violin and vocals, and family friends Geoff Smart on bass and National Flatpick Guitar Champ Joe Smart. The band delivers stunning vocal harmonies, classic covers, and sophisticated instrumentals with a fresh sound that has won over fans of every musical style.

Master trumpeter Allen Vizzutti will delight audiences with his gorgeous sound and impressive virtuosity in a brief opening set, and Nancy Ives, principal cellist with the Oregon Symphony, will make a very special guest appearance performing parts originally crafted by Yo-Yo Ma on three selections alongside Mark and the Band.

Let All Classical Portland whisk you away from the holiday hype and take you on an enchanting journey to the heart of Appalachia, where simplicity and beauty rule the season. This “infections mix of roots music” (The Oregonian) is a Portland holiday tradition and tickets are limited, so secure your seats today!

Donors to All Classical Portland receive $5 off all tickets purchased.

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45 Responses to Win Tickets ($36): All Classical Portland presents Mark O’Connor’s 2017 An Appalachian Christmas @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall | Grammy Award Winning Violinist, Portland Holiday Music

  1. ruth parvin December 5, 2017 at 4:11 pm #

    Every year I have wanted to go to this–it is the music of my childhood. Every year something has prevented it. I am so sad to read that this will be the last year of the performance and I am determined to make it happen.

  2. ruth parvin December 5, 2017 at 4:13 pm #

    I have dreamed of going to this show for years and am determined to make it happen this year. I am so sorry to see that they will not be coming back again.

  3. Michael Neal December 5, 2017 at 7:45 pm #

    This would be a great date night for the wife and I. Son would be disappointed though!

  4. Melody Frye December 6, 2017 at 1:58 am #

    This would be si amazing and fun.

  5. Jennifer December 6, 2017 at 10:11 am #

    I listen to All Classical 89.9 at work M-F and every year I hear the radio hosts talk about the show. I have never been able to afford to go, but I would absolutely love the opportunity to see and hear these wonderful performers!

  6. AJ December 6, 2017 at 10:19 am #

    This sounds like a great evening.

  7. Mathew Trono December 6, 2017 at 1:00 pm #

    This looks like a lot of fun!

  8. Deborah Lusk December 6, 2017 at 2:43 pm #

    I really want to win these tickets.

  9. Robert December 6, 2017 at 3:25 pm #

    sounds like a swell time!

  10. Kelly Sanderson December 6, 2017 at 8:24 pm #

    This would be amazing! It would really get me into the Christmas spirit.

  11. Chris Webb December 7, 2017 at 8:18 am #

    Been really wanting to check this out!!

  12. Deena December 7, 2017 at 8:40 am #

    This would be a wonderful evening out!

  13. Mollj December 7, 2017 at 4:17 pm #

    I would love to attend because my husband and I love Appalachian music!

  14. Jasmine December 7, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

    Love all classical, Appalachian and Christmas music! And at the most beautiful venue in town! I’d love to be there

  15. Kellie December 7, 2017 at 8:09 pm #

    Merry Christmas!

  16. Dan December 7, 2017 at 8:09 pm #

    Christmas bluegrass what could be better.

  17. Kelsey Smith December 7, 2017 at 9:21 pm #

    Sounds lovely

  18. Toby December 7, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

    Would love to take my family to this!

  19. Susana Duarte December 7, 2017 at 9:49 pm #

    I’ve never been to a Christmas specific concert. This sounds like an experience I’d like to have before I leave Oregon indefinitely.

  20. Thao December 7, 2017 at 11:43 pm #

    This sounds like a wonderful night of Christmas spirit soothing the soul into happiness

  21. Josh G December 8, 2017 at 5:13 am #

    O’Connor is great with Yo-Yo Ma

  22. Frank Byers December 8, 2017 at 9:30 am #

    My mother or my niece would like this.

  23. Thomas December 8, 2017 at 1:27 pm #

    I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate the holidays. I love bluegrass. I love the Schnitz. The two together? Divine.

  24. Jenn December 8, 2017 at 2:54 pm #

    yes please!

  25. Emily December 9, 2017 at 11:53 am #

    I would absolutely love to go and take my mom! it would be a christmas to remember!

  26. Alethea December 9, 2017 at 12:17 pm #

    My husband will be out of town for Christmas so this would be a nice way to celebrate together before he leaves.

  27. Brett Welches December 10, 2017 at 8:08 am #

    My lovers mother is coming in from Tennessee I would love to send them on a mother daughter bonding trip!!

  28. justine December 12, 2017 at 12:17 pm #

    sounds like something my husband would really love and it would be fun to surprise him with tickets!!! Thanks!

  29. Bob MacKay December 12, 2017 at 12:30 pm #

    Like to take my violinist daughter to see the fiddler

  30. Linda Ryan December 12, 2017 at 2:16 pm #

    Love Mark and family!!

  31. Janet December 12, 2017 at 2:43 pm #

    I hope to see this and take my fiddling daughter. Great opportunity to hear a Grammy winner.

  32. Gregory Garabedian December 12, 2017 at 2:45 pm #

    The last year!? I would love to see this show live, because it sounds amazing from my radio.

  33. Cat December 12, 2017 at 3:17 pm #

    What a beautiful way to celebrate the holidays. Would love to take my sister to this.

  34. Sara December 12, 2017 at 4:03 pm #

    This event sounds amazing!!! Would love to take my mandolin-playing husband here to celebrate the holidays :-)

  35. Jodi December 12, 2017 at 4:48 pm #

    I miss the sounds of Appalachia! Also I know how to pronounce Appalachia!

  36. Renee December 12, 2017 at 9:42 pm #

    I would love to take my daughter to this!

  37. Judy Castillo December 13, 2017 at 1:27 am #

    My son is a Bluegrass Fiddle & Mandolin player that only comes home to Portland once or twice a year and his Mommy would love to share this musical experience with him ♡

  38. Jocelyn Biro December 14, 2017 at 5:06 pm #

    Mark is an awesome musician. It would be great to see him in concert.

  39. Daniela Ortiz December 14, 2017 at 7:20 pm #

    My friend just moved to Portland, straight out of Marine boot camp. I’d love to take him to listen to soothing music.

  40. Krys December 14, 2017 at 7:45 pm #

    I would love to go to this!

  41. Lisa Stalder December 14, 2017 at 10:17 pm #

    Would love to go

  42. Cassandra Asper December 15, 2017 at 6:52 am #

    My son would love to go to this event with me and I think it would be an amazing experience! I would love to win these tickets…

  43. Cherie December 17, 2017 at 4:51 pm #

    Have wanted to go every year and now it’s the last one! Winning tickets would be so wonderful.

  44. Courtney December 17, 2017 at 6:34 pm #

    what a neat way to celebrate!

  45. Karen December 17, 2017 at 9:15 pm #

    Would love love to see this final Portland performance. Last year was icy – fingers crossed for a clear day this year!

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