Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra, Composed by R.E.M.'s Mike Mills for Robert McDuffie

Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra, Composed by R.E.M.'s Mike Mills for Robert McDuffie


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"The work is cinematic but never schmaltzy, rock-inflected but never corny, classical but never stuffy..." —Rolling Stone

"Concerto [...] flourished Saturday night... A master of precision, fluidity, and speed, McDuffie did things an electric guitar player would be hard-pressed to match... With a sonic patterns welling from low-pitched cellos and violas to high-pitched violins, this movement rang out as a bittersweet triumph." —IndyStar

"McDuffie... [kicked] up plenty of raucous energy... [Concerto] was received with enthusiasm and cheers by the audience, and the program likely turned a lot of R.E.M. fans onto the music of John Adams and Philip Glass for the first time. 'Play Firebird!' yelled one audience member, and that witty twist on the usual rock request reflected the engaged and informal atmosphere... with rock and classical worlds converging as much as colliding." —Chicago Classical Review

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Mike Mills, of two-decade rock powerhouse R.E.M., and Robert McDuffie, internationally renowned violinist, have been close friends since they were teenagers growing up in Macon, Georgia. In the spring of 2016, inspired by the blurred lines between contemporary classical audiences, pop, and contemporary music, McDuffie commissioned Mils to write a new composition that they could share with audiences both classical and modern.

Over 2016, the friends debuted Mills' new work "Concerto for Violin, Rock Band, and String Orchestra", premiering in . . .

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    • Robert McDuffie and Mike Mills Photo Credit: Alex Irvin
      Robert McDuffie and Mike Mills Photo Credit: Alex Irvin
    • Robert McDuffie and Mike Mills Photo Credit: Alex Irvin
      Robert McDuffie and Mike Mills Photo Credit: Alex Irvin
    • Robert McDuffie and Mike Mills Photo Credit: Alex Irvin
      Robert McDuffie and Mike Mills Photo Credit: Alex Irvin
    • Robert McDuffie and Mike Mills Photo Credit: Alex Irvin
      Robert McDuffie and Mike Mills Photo Credit: Alex Irvin
    • Robert McDuffie and Mike Mills Photo Credit: Alex Irvin
      Robert McDuffie and Mike Mills Photo Credit: Alex Irvin
    • Robert McDuffie
      Robert McDuffie
    • Robert McDuffie and Mike Mills, first orchestra read-through
      Robert McDuffie and Mike Mills, first orchestra read-through
    • Robert McDuffie and Mike Mills
      Robert McDuffie and Mike Mills
    • Robert McDuffie and Mike Mills
      Robert McDuffie and Mike Mills
    • Concerto for Violin, Rock Band, and String Orchestra Photo Credit: Nick Tininenko
      Concerto for Violin, Rock Band, and String Orchestra Photo Credit: Nick Tininenko
    • Mike Mills and Robet McDuffie Photo Credit: Nick Tininenko
      Mike Mills and Robet McDuffie Photo Credit: Nick Tininenko
    • Robert McDuffie and Mike Mills
      Robert McDuffie and Mike Mills
    • Mike Mills
      Mike Mills