David Royko Psy.D
Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor, Yo Yo Ma, preview
Friday Section, p. 3
March 31, 2000
By David Royko
For a branch of the humanities that typically thrives on things
harmonious, partisans of various musical genres tend to view one
another with the suspicion of enemy camps in wartime. From criticism of
Leonard Bernstein straddling the Broadway and "serious" musical worlds,
to John Zorn being labeled "radical kitsch" for his hebraic-jazz
"Masada" melange, some audiences are comfortable only with musical
segregation. But cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bassist/composer Edgar Meyer and
fiddler/composer Mark O'Connor do not simply straddle musical fences,
they bulldoze them. The trio's new CD, "Appalachian Journey," blends
these virtuosi's strengths and styles, from classical to bluegrass,
into a musical statement at once substantial and accessible. "I like
writing for individuals with really rich musical personalities," says
Meyer of his trio mates. And while O'Connor has studied the standard
concerto repertoire, the violinist notes that "there are many artists
who can cover that wonderful material. What interests me most about
music is whether I can create something new."
The Ma/Meyer/O'Connor trio performs 8:00 PM Monday at Symphony Center, 220 S.
Michigan Ave. $30/$65. 312-294-3000.