Mark O'Connor Band to perform on Mar. 17

For Immediate Release: Mar. 5, 2017

Contact: Marie Cheek

Community Relations Coordinator, Culture & Heritage Museums 803.818.6767


The Mark O’Connor Band to perform at the McCelvey on March 17

YORK, S.C. – The 2018 Southern Sound Series continues at the McCelvey Center; the Lowry Family Theatre will be in full swing with the incomparable Mark O’Connor and his family band.

Three-time Grammy Award winner Mark O’Connor is a gifted musician with a full-spectrum career. The Country Music Association named O’Connor Musician of the Year for six years in a row from 1991 to 1996. In 2017, the O’Connor Band’s debut recording “Coming Home” won a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album.

A former child prodigy and national champion on the fiddle, guitar, and mandolin, Mark O’Connor has appeared on hundreds of commercial country albums, collaborated with the likes of Johnny Cash, Wynton Marsalis, Dolly Parton, and Yo-Yo Ma; his performances have encompassed musical styles from original violin concertos to swing and jazz.

The O’Connor Band is the fruition of Mark O’Connor’s four-decade professional career. Since coming together in 2015, the O’Connor Band has achieved a world-class level of artistry with a blend of country, pop, Americana, bluegrass, and chamber music. The band features three of Mark O’Connor’s family members – his son Forrest (a Harvard graduate and former Tennessee State Mandolin Champion), daughter-in-law Kate (frequent performer on the CMA Awards and CMA Country Christmas shows), and wife Maggie (graduate of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University); other band members include national flatpick champion - guitarist Joe Smart and bassist/banjoist and recent graduate of the University of Miami’s DMA program - Geoff Saunders.

Dedicated to providing the regional community with authentic contemporary performances, the McCelvey Center’s Southern Sound Series showcases musical genres that are steeped in the multi-cultural origins of the Carolinas. The 2018 Southern Sound Series is presented by Rock Hill Coca-Cola. Opening with Nikki Lane and followed by the Steel Wheels, the series continues with the Mark O’Connor Band and concludes with Rhiannon Giddens on April 27.

New for 2018 are reserved seating and online ticket purchasing. Visit to purchase tickets, ranging in price from $25 to $40. For more information, contact

The McCelvey Center is located on 212 East Jefferson Street York, SC 29745

All concerts start at 7:30 p.m.

Images: The O’Connor Band. For high resolution images contact Marie Cheek

About the McCelvey Center: The McCelvey Center is the original site of the Yorkville Female Institute founded in 1852 and includes the 500-seat Lowry Family Theater. Noted for its remarkable acoustics, the historic theater has a lovely 1920s ambiance and hosts the annual Southern Sound Series. The mission of the Lowry Family Theater is to present the unique heritage of the Carolina Piedmont through the performing arts while maintaining a quality venue for community enrichment. The theater and other facilities at the McCelvey Center are available for rental.

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