MARK O�CONNOR returns with a brand new album and fiddle method book to play and give the WoodSongs audience a global violin lesson. Mark is the prominent American classical and multi genre violinist and composer. A product of America's rich aural folk tradition as well as classical music, he has melded and shaped his early influences into a new American Classical music, and a vision of an entirely American school of string playing. He has sold over two-million CDs as a solo recording. His collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer received a Grammy Award in February 2001. The O'Connor Violin Method has been widely praised since its debut in fall 2009 as "an American grown rival to the Suzuki method" (The New Yorker). It includes great folk songs, fiddle tunes and classic themes culled from 400 years of traditional American violin playing. It pulls from all regions of North America and from diverse musical styles including classical, folk, Latin, jazz, rock and ragtime. �American Classics,' is a collection of new recordings arranged for violin and piano and performed by O'Connor and pianist Rieko Aizawa. The album features the repertoire on Mark�s new Method Book III. Mark will be performing with pianist Melissa Tong and serveral of the students from Lexington�s Carwile String Studio for a global violin workshop and lesson.