Mark O'Connor is an American classical, bluegrass, jazz and country violinist, fiddler, composer and music teacher. O'Connor's music is wide-ranging and critically acclaimed, and he has received numerous awards for both his playing and his composition. As The Los Angeles Times recently noted, he has "crossed over so many boundaries, that his style is purely personal." In May 2013, O'Connor captivated the audience at Patriot's Theater in the Trenton War Memorial with his unique fusion of jazz, bluegrass, folk, and classical music. The GRAMMY award–winning fiddler performed his composition, The Improvised Violin Concerto with YOBC's Symphony Orchestra. At over 30 minutes in length, The Improvised Violin Concerto features the longest improvisation ever called for in a classical setting. O'Connor also performed selections from his American Songbook. The concert finale included all of YOBC's string students (all levels), musicians from the Princeton High School Orchestra, and Westminster Choir College -- over 200 musicians playing traditional American folk music, the cornerstone O'Connor's "New American School of String Playing."
This year singer-songwriter Mary Fahl will headline a concert with YOBC’s Symphony Orchestra and Fanfare Winds on May 22, 2016. The season-capping concert will take place in the new Life Sciences Auditorium at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown. Mary Fahl first achieved fame in the mid-1990s as the lead singer and co-founder of a folk-rock/adult alternative group, October Project. Based in the Poconos, her musical inspirations for her solo career have expanded to include classical, medieval and world music. Her expressive, transcendent voice has been described as “a voice for the gods” (Boston Globe) and “a powerful, beautifully proportioned contralto” (Variety). Mary’s music appeals to a wide range of musical enthusiasts.