Beethoven and Bludegrass Concert on February 19

The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is proud to present this unique pairing of two exciting music genres.!Enjoy the legendary music of Grammy® Award winning Mark O’Connor with the innovative music of the Vega String Quartet. Sure to be a fun performance of musical creativity and genius! The concert will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. For tickets visit

Maggie O’Connor, Violinist and American fiddler, is a Grammy Award winning musician who frequently performs in a duo with her husband, violinist and composer Mark O’Connor. With a unique background in both traditional classical violin training and American musical styles, Maggie continues her mission to show that violinists can and should participate in everything the instrument has to offer, while also singing and playing on some of the world’s most coveted stages.

She has regularly performed at the Grand Ole Opry with Mark O’Connor in both band and duo configurations. In the classical world, the duo has performed around the globe, including the Leopold Auer Music Academy in Hungary and the Berlin Konzerthaus celebrating the centennial birthday of the legendary violinst Yehudi Menuhin.

Mark O’Connor began his creative journey at the feet of American fiddling legend Benny Thomasson, and the iconic French jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli. He has melded these influences into a new American classical music and is perpetuating his vision of an American School of String Playing. Mr. O’Connor has won three Grammy ® Awards, seven CMA awards as well as several national fiddle, guitar, and mandolin champion titles. His distinguished career includes representing the United States in cultural diplomacy to six continents and performing in front of several presidents. After recording a series of albums for Rounder and Warner Bros including his multiple Grammy ®-winning New Nashville Cats, his recordings for Sony Classical with Yo-Yo Ma, Appalachia Waltz and Appalachian Journey sold a million CDs and gained O’Connor worldwide recognition as a leading proponent of a new American musical idiom. 

The Vega String Quartet, the Quartet-in-Residence at Emory University, is cultivating a new generation of chamber music lovers through dynamic performances and innovative community engagement. The Quartet concertizes nationally and internationally, most recently in Baltimore, Chicago, Nashville, Sacramento, Berlin, San Miguel, and Vienna. The Quartet’s major performing projects at Emory have included performing the complete cycle of Beethoven quartets, as well as pairing Bach’s complete works for solo violin, viola, and cello with the six Bartók quartets. They have also developed a series of “Jazz Meets Classics” programs, bringing the two genres together.