Mike Mills Concerto

Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra, Composed by R.E.M.’s Mike Mills for Robert McDuffie, Featuring Fifth House Ensemble

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Fifth House Ensemble will join R.E.M.’s Mike Mills and violinist Robert McDuffie on US tour performing Mills’ new Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra this fall. 5HE will also perform Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 3.

Mike Mills and Robert McDuffie have been close friends since they were teenagers growing up in Macon, Georgia. Inspired by the blurred lines between contemporary classical audiences, pop and contemporary music, McDuffie commissioned a new composition from R.E.M.’s Mike Mills – one of the most prolific song-writer/composer/collaborators from the world of rock and pop.

R.E.M. was formed in 1980, in Athens, Georgia, by singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry. One of the first popular alternative rock bands, R.E.M. gained early popular attention from its first single, “Radio Free Europe,” in 1981. After three decades of record breaking CD sales, sold-out live performances in the largest rock venues in the world, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2007), R.E.M amicably disbanded in 2011. Their legacy and fan base remains very strong, demonstrated by over 4.6 million Facebook fans.

Press

“The sixteen players of Fifth House Ensemble, a Chicago-based contemporary music group, sounded nearly twice as large. Under the vigorous direction of the unaccredited conductor Eli Chen, the players displayed bracing precision and subtlety. The superb articulation of the lower strings was particularly notable. Chen ratcheted up the intensity level during the course of the slow movement and drew appropriately brusque sonority in the final section.” – South Florida Classical Review

The string orchestra is Fifth House Ensemble, which McDuffie describes as “just an eclectic, progressive, amazing group of musicians who are so fun to travel with and just very high-level, forward-thinking colleagues who are excited to do this.” – Alt Daily

“The ensemble played seamlessly and effortlessly. This music gave me chills.” – DC Metro Theatre Arts

Past Performances

Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra
Thursday, October 20th 2016, 8:00pm
Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132
$50/$75/$100 Reserved Seats

Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra
Friday, October 21st 2016, 8:00pm
Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
$49/$69 Reserved Seats

Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra
Monday, October 24th 2016, 8:00pm
Hodgson Hall, 230 River Road
Athens, GA 30605
$67/$77 Reserved Seats

Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra
Tuesday, October 25th 2016, 8:00pm
Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St
Newberry, SC 29108
$30/$40/$50 Reserved Seats

Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra
Thursday, October 27th 2016, 8:00pm
Macon City Auditorium, 415 1st St
Macon, GA 31201
$15-$125 Reserved Seats

Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra
Friday, October 28th 2016, 8:00pm
Emerson Concert Hall – Emory University, 1700 North Decatur Road
Atlanta, GA 30322
$50 Reserved Seats/$5 Emory Students

Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra
Saturday, October 29th 2016, 8:00pm
Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St
Charleston, SC 29403
$25/$35/$45 Reserved Seats

Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra
Tuesday, November 1 2016, 8:00pm
Ferguson Center for the Arts, 1 Avenue of the Arts
Newport News, VA 23606
$52/$35/$28 Reserved Seats

Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra
Thursday, November 3 2016, 8:00pm
Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln
North Bethesda, MD 20852
$65/$55/$45/$35 Reserved Seats

Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra
Saturday, November 5 2016, 8:00pm
Palladium Center for the Arts, 355 City Center Dr
Carmel, IN 46032
$15-$75 Reserved Seats

Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra
Sunday, November 6 2016, 7:30pm
Detroit Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 350 Madison St
Detroit, MI 48226
$30-$50 Reserved Seats

Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra
Monday, November 7 2016, 7:30pm
Harris Theater 205 E Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601
$35-$125 Reserved Seats