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 TribuneJeff 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, and the Williamsburg Symphonia. Performances are scheduled with the Northwest Florida Symphony and the Boulder Philharmonic.
—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
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