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

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

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


Previous Performances:

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

January and March, 2014:
Atlantic Chamber Ensemble

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

June 2013
Virginia's Blue Ridge Music Festival
David Stewart Wiley, 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 and the Northwest Florida Symphony. Performances are scheduled with the Boulder Philharmonic and the Symphony of Southeast Texas, Beaumont.

 

“...toe-tapping...spiritual...colorfully scored...fun...”

—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