In June we reported on the world premiere of ex-R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills’ hybrid rock/classical collaboration with violinist Robert McDuffie, “Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra,” which they debuted with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Now the composition is set for its recorded release on October 14th via Orange Mountain Music. Mills and McDuffie are joined on the recording by the McDuffie Center for Strings Ensemble, conducted by Ward Stare, made up of students from the award winning music training center McDuffie leads at Mercer University in Macon.
Mills, McDuffie and their band (including Athenians John Neff, Patrick Ferguson and Williams Tonks) will be taking the concerto on the road this fall, with dates at Hodgson Hall in Athens Oct. 24th, Macon City Auditorium Oct. 27th and Emory University’s Emerson Concert Hall in Atlanta Oct. 28th. Local string sections will perform with the group at each stop. Michele Davis spoke to Mills and McDuffie recently about the project and show in Macon, where they both grew up – read the story here.