Patriotic music for your July 4th holiday

As a classical, Celtic, and folk musician and educator, Tom Morley is one of the most visible violinists on the Gulf Coast. Classically trained with a degree in music education, Tom has earned a living with his violin in every musical direction. He has played professionally in Celtic, Cajun, folk, bluegrass, classical, swing, jazz, and country styles, earning a gold album for his work with ‘new traditionalist’ country artist John Anderson.  

Tom and fellow MSO member Andra Bohnet are founding members of the Silverwood Quartet (a flute, violin, viola and cello chamber group that specializes in an eclectic blend of world/pop/classical music) as well as the Celtic/World music group Mithril, which has performed with symphony orchestras around the country. Mithril has five CDs in release and has been been featured on AOL World Radio, XM Satellite Radio, and the syndicated radio program Celtic Connections.

Mithril’s first performance with the Mobile Symphony in December 2004 set an all-time attendance record for an MSO Pops Concert series. The group made its fourth MSO guest artist appearance in 2012.

As Assistant Principal Second Violin, Tom has been a member of MSO since 1998 and has been a featured soloist with MSO on three occasions, performing on Peter Davies’ Orkney Wedding With Sunrise, Jay Ungar’s Ashokan Farewell, and trading Bluegrass fiddle licks with Kenji Bunch & Citigrass on Orange Blossom Special. In addition, as a member of Silverwood Quartet, he performed a specially commissioned work for Quartet and Orchestra by composer William Banfield.

Tom’s recently released solo CD, The Raven’s Wing, showcases his playing in many genres. As an Irish/Celtic fiddler, Tom has made multiple trips to Ireland to perform and research traditional Irish music, playing alongside legendary musicians including Manus McGuire, Thomas Walsh, and Robin Bullock. He leads a series of successful Irish Fiddle workshops and Irish Trad Slow Sessions throughout the southeast and taught Irish Fiddle as a faculty member of the Alabama Folk School and the prestigious Mark O’Connor String Method Camp. He is a certified Mark O’Connor String Method teacher and an endorser for Barcus-Berry electric violins. Read more about Tom at www.thefiddlecenter.com.

You can see Tom playing his violin with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra July 24th at 8:00pm at the Mobile Saenger Theater. The performance is called, “The Music of Whitney Houston.” You can learn more about the show at http://www.mobilesymphony.org/mso-rocks/.

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