Mike Mills Rock Violin Concerto
Saturday, July 7, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
Daniel Hege, conductor
Robert McDuffie, violin
Mike Mills, guitar
Ticket holders may attend The PreConcert, a free recital in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance.
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MILLS Concerto for Violin, Rock Band, and String Orchestra
BARBER Medea's Dance of Vengeance
DEBUSSY La Mer
Overture Program Information
Artist Information (Show)
DANIEL HEGE, conductor
Daniel Hege is widely recognized as one of America’s finest conductors, earning critical acclaim for his fresh interpretations of the standard repertoire and for his commitment to creative programming. He served for eleven seasons as the Music Director of the Syracuse Symphony and in June 2009, was appointed Music Director of the Wichita Symphony. As of the 15/16 season, he was named Principal Guest Conductor of the Tulsa Symphony, and during the 16/17 season served as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Binghamton (NY) Philharmonic.
Additional positions include a five-year tenure with the Baltimore Symphony where he held the titles of Assistant, Associate, and Resident Conductor, Associate Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony, Assistant Conductor of the Pacific Symphony, Music Director of the Encore Chamber Orchestra in Chicago and Music Director of the Chicago Youth Symphony, where he was twice honored by the League of American Orchestras for innovative programming.
Daniel Hege has guest conducted the Detroit, Seattle, Indianapolis, Oregon, Colorado, San Diego, Columbus and Phoenix symphonies, as well as the Calgary Philharmonic, among others. International engagements include performances with the Singapore Symphony and the St. Petersburg Symphony at the Winter Nights Festival. Mr. Hege has also worked with the Syracuse Opera with which he led productions of Madame Butterfly, La Traviata, Tosca and Don Pasquale. Recent and upcoming guest conducting engagements include appearances with the Rochester, Buffalo, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and Naples Philharmonics; the Louisville, Sarasota and Florida Orchestras; and the Houston, Edmonton, Pacific, Puerto Rico, Hartford, Omaha, Madison, Tucson, Charleston and Virginia symphonies.
Sought after as an educator and mentor by many of America’s orchestral training programs for highly talented young musicians, Daniel Hege has appeared with the Texas Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute and the Aspen Music Festival and School.
Born in Colorado, Mr. Hege currently resides in Syracuse with his wife and their three daughters.
ROBERT MCDUFFIE, violin
GRAMMY-nominated violinist, Robert McDuffie, enjoys a dynamic and multi-faceted career. While appearing as soloist with the world’s foremost orchestras, he has also shared the stage with Chuck Leavell and the late Gregg Allman in Midnight Rider and with actress/playwright Anna Deavere Smith in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. Philip Glass dedicated his Second Violin Concerto, The American Four Seasons, to Mr. McDuffie. Mike Mills of the iconic band R.E.M. has composed a Concerto for Violin, Rock Band, and String Orchestra for him. Robert McDuffie is the founder of both the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Italy and the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in his native city of Macon, Georgia. Mr. McDuffie holds the Robert McDuffie Violin Faculty Chair at the Aspen Music Festival and School.
Robert McDuffie has appeared as soloist with most of the major orchestras of the world. He gave the world premiere of Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto No. 2, The American Four Seasons with the Toronto Symphony and completed a thirty-city U.S. tour with the Venice Baroque Orchestra, pairing the Glass Four Seasons with the Vivaldi Four Seasons. The Mills Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra was also premiered with the Toronto Symphony, followed by performances at the Rome Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and a three week tour of the U.S.
Robert McDuffie recorded The American Four Seasons and the Mike Mills Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra on the Orange Mountain Music label. His acclaimed Telarc and EMI recordings include the violin concertos of Mendelssohn, Bruch, Adams, Glass, Barber, Rózsa, Bernstein, William Schuman, and Viennese violin favorites. He has been profiled on NBC’s Today, CBS Sunday Morning, PBS’s Charlie Rose, A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts, and in the Wall Street Journal.
As founder of the Rome Chamber Music Festival, Robert McDuffie has been awarded the prestigious Premio Simpatia by the Mayor of Rome, and holds the Mansfield and Genelle Jennings Distinguished University Professor Chair at Mercer University in his native city of Macon, Georgia. He plays a 1735 Guarneri del Gesù violin, known as the “Ladenburg”.
Mr. McDuffie appears by arrangement with Columbia Artists Management LLC.
MIKE MILLS, bass guitar and keyboard
Mike Mills is one of the founding members of R.E.M., the internationally-acclaimed rock band from Athens, GA. His trademark vocal harmonies and intricate bass lines led fans and critics alike to dub him the band’s “secret weapon.”
Born in Orange County, California, Mills moved to Macon, Georgia, where he and drummer Bill Berry attended the same high school. The pair left Macon to attend the University of Georgia in Athens where they teamed up with guitarist Peter Buck and singer Michael Stipe, and began writing songs for the band which would become R.E.M. The group's first show was at a friend's birthday party in an abandoned church on April 5, 1980.
Mills, the son of a tenor who sang on The Ed Sullivan Show and in the Naval Aviation Choir, developed a keen ear for harmonies and a talent for playing instruments at an early age. He has always been known for his musicianship, songwriting, vocals, and production sensibilities in his work with R.E.M., as well as his side projects and solo works. He also contributed piano, keyboards and assorted other instruments. After thirty-one years and more than eighty million records sold, R.E.M. disbanded in 2011, but the band members remain good friends and actively pursue further musical adventures and other artistic and humanistic pursuits.
R.E.M., one of the seminal groups of its generation, won numerous awards and toured most corners of the world throughout their storied career. Despite several hit singles such as Everybody Hurts, Losing My Religion, Man on the Moon, Leaving New York, and The One I Love, R.E.M. always maintained their creative edge, and along with it, critical acclaim and their loyal and supportive fan base
Excerpts from “Concerto for Violin & Rock Band” – Robert McDuffie & Mike Mills
Debussy: La Mer / Abbado · Berliner Philharmoniker