Mike Mills (R.E.M.), acclaimed violinist Robert McDuffie, and Chuck Leavell (Allman Brothers Band / Rolling Stones) play the songs of some of Georgia’s most beloved musicians:
Mills, McDuffie & Leavell
The Fall 2019 Tour of A Night of Georgia Music will be performed by musicians with deep connections to Georgia: R.E.M. bassist and songwriter Mike Mills, award-winning violinist Robert McDuffie, and Rolling Stones keyboardist and musical director Chuck Leavell. The night will feature songs of Georgia’s favorite contemporary musicians, including: Ray Charles, The Allman Brothers Band, Outkast, Gram Parsons, Gregg Allman, R.E.M., Gladys Knight and the Pips, Brook Benton, Otis Redding, James Brown, plus the Mills-composed Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra.
Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra
Mike Mills, of two-decade rock powerhouse R.E.M., and Robert McDuffie, internationally renowned violinist, have been close friends since they were children growing up in Macon, Georgia. In the spring of 2016, inspired by the blurred lines between contemporary classical audiences and rock and pop music, McDuffie commissioned Mills to write a new composition they could share with audiences both classical and modern.
In 2016-2017, Mills and McDuffie performed Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra to sold-out venues on the east coast. Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra is the first classical work composed and performed by Mike Mills with his longtime friend and new collaborator, McDuffie. The pair is joined on the recording by the McDuffie Center for Strings Ensemble conducted by Ward Stare and made up of students from the award-winning Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University. This piece will also be performed at A Night of Georgia Music.
A Night of Georgia Music