Sunday, September 4, 2016


Ward Stare and Mike Mills

Woke up to this all over my Facebook wall today, both from REM and from Ward Stare! ( who in case you dont follow along closely is the cutie patootie conducted for the Rochester Philharmonic )  Did a little bit of googling and came up with THIS , which is just a cut and paste from Rolling Stone, so I hope it shows up ok, and not all giant or anything! Tour dates at the bottom, odd that there is no Rochester dates, when Mr Stare is a huge draw here... hopefully one will come.

R.E.M.'s Mike Mills will release his first classical composition, Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra, October 14th via Orange Mountain Music.
Mills composed and performed the piece with acclaimed violinist, and childhood friend, Robert McDuffie. The recording also boasts students from Mercer University's McDuffie Center for Strings Ensemble conducted by Ward Stare.
"It is a pleasure and an honor to have composed and to perform this amazing project alongside my old friend Bobby, whose imagination and encouragement got the whole thing off the ground in the first place," Mills said in a statement. McDuffie added, "It's a work that goes straight to your heart, and by the end you'll want to dance and move to the South."
Mills and McDuffie premiered Concerto in June with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and later performed the piece in Rome. Today, August 11th, they'll perform at the Aspen Music Festival, and this fall they'll embark on a U.S. tour with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. The trek begins October 20th in Miami, with a complete list of dates below. 
The live performance features Mills on bass and keyboard leading a four-piece rock band that also includes two electric guitars and a drummer. McDuffie will play violin alongside the 15-string orchestra.

Mike Mills and Robert McDuffie Tour Dates
October 20 — Miami, FL @ Knight Concert Hall
October 21 — St. Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey TheaterOctober 24 — Athens, GA @ Hodgson HallOctober 25 — Newberry, SC @ Newberry Opera HouseOctober 27 — Macon, GA @ Macon City AuditoriumOctober 28 — Atlanta, GA @ Emerson Concert Hall at Emory Univ.October 29 — Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music HallOctober 30 — Chapel Hill, NC @ Memorial AuditoriumNovember 1 — Newport News, VA @ Ferguson Center for the ArtsNovember 3 — North Bethesda, MD @ Music Center at StrathmoreNovember 4 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Byham TheaterNovember 5 — Carmel, IN @ Palladium Center for the ArtsNovember 6 — Detroit, MI @ Music HallNovember 7 — Chicago, IL @ Harris Theatre

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