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Performance Schedule
for “From the Blue Ridge” Mandolin Concerto and Double Concerto:

October 15, 2016:
Ohio Northern Symphony
Travis Jürgens, Music Director and Conductor

November 17 & 18, 2016:
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
Aram Demirjian, Music Director and Conductor

February 25 & 26, 2017:
world premier of "Mandolin Quintet" by Carpe Diem String Quartet

March 25 & 28, 2017:
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Butterman, Music Director and Conductor
at 2017 SHIFT Festival at Kennedy Center

May 13, 2017:
South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
Kermit Poling, Music Director and Conductor

Previous Performances:

April 18 & 19, 2016:
Williamsburg Symphonia
Janna Hymes, Music Director and Conductor
Williamsburg, Virginia​

March 3, 4 & 5, 2016:
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra
Michael Butterman, Conductor

May 22 & 24, 2015:
with Carpe Diem String Quartet

May 31, 2015:
Virginia's Blue Ridge Music Festival
David Stewart Wiley, Music Director and Conductor

March 6, 2015:
Champaign-Urbana Symphony
Stephen Alltop, Music Director and Conductor

September 20, 2014:
Symphony of Southeast Texas, Beaumont
Chelsea Tipton II, Music Director and Conductor

April 26, 2014:
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Butterman, Music Director and Conductor

November 2013:
Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra
Jeffrey Rink, Music Director and Conductor

January 2013:
Williamsburg Symphonia
Janna Hymes, Music Director and Conductor
Williamsburg, Virginia

November 2012:
Shreveport Symphony Orchestra
Michael Butterman, Music Director and Conductor

June 2012:
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra,
Michael Butterman, Conductor

October 2011: World Premier Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, David Stewart Wiley, Music Director and Conductor

Can this guy play, or what? See video from a live concert.

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Jeff Midkiff: Mandolin Concerto “From the Blue Ridge”

“Wow, really terrific— damned impressive!! Gorgeous middle movement. Bravo Jeff,
a real accomplishment both pragmatically
and artistically.”
David Royko, Chicago Tribune

Jeff Midkiff’s concerto for mandolin and orchestra, “From the Blue Ridge,” was commissioned by Music Director David Stewart Wiley and the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. The Concerto has subsequently been performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Shreveport Symphony, the Williamsburg Symphonia, the Northwest Florida Symphony, the Boulder Philharmonic, the Symphony of Southeast Texas, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony and the Carpe Diem String Quartet (May 2015). Upcoming performances are scheduled with the Jacksonville Symphony (March 2016) and the Boulder Philharmonic (March 2017) as part of the SHIFT Festival at the Kennedy Center.



—Michael Butterman, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra conductor



The piece directly reflects Midkiff's roots in the Blue Ridge Mountains
and his fondness for the bluegrass music tradition, with a touch of swing and
jazz in the mix. Not that this suggests "Blue Ridge" is all fast mandolin pickin' because it isn't. In fact, it's a work that cleverly blends a sophisticated
orchestral foundation with mandolin playing suitable for classically-oriented
lines as well as those more down-home. The final movement is full of
foot-stomping, toe-tapping rhythms and was just great fun to hear.

—John Shulson, Virginia Gazette, January 19, 2013



Audio, Notes, Articles and Links

Audio samples and Program notes for Mandolin Concerto “From the Blue Ridge.”

See articles and reviews about the Mandolin Concerto.


Partners in Time, Jeff's debut solo recording

With its deft, thoughtful blend of classical, bluegrass, jazz and swing influences, Partners In Time is an outstanding debut by a musician who feels comfortable in more than one setting—musically and personally.

—Jon Weisberger