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Saturday, April 15, 2023  ·  2:00 PM CDT

Mark O'Connor - Crossing Bridges

A Retrospective on His Childhood Years in Music

4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000

Crossing Bridges, Mark O'Connor's aching memoir, traces his journey from his childhood years, when at age 10 he was winning classical guitar competitions against University graduates, and at age 12 was thrust as a soloist onto the Grand Ole Opry stage introduced by the “King of Country Music,” Roy Acuff. The story covers O'Connor's 1970s child prodigy years on the road as national fiddle and guitar champion. The acclaimed musician learned at the feet of American music legends while exploring his relationships with mother, dysfunctional family, a near career-ending accident, and his involvement in some of the world's most iconic instrumental bands. O'Connor's memoir details the personal triumphs, struggles, and demons that informed the decisions he made about his music, career path, and the risks he was willing to take for a shot at the brass ring.

The first set will feature music from Mark and Maggie O'Connor. In the second set, O'Connor will discuss memoir anecdotes and hold an audience Q&A. After the concert, there will be a book and CD signing in the lobby.