The Mobile Symphony Orchestra (MSO) brings the “high lonesome sound” to the low country for the holidays when they feature versatile guest violinist, er, fiddler Mark O’ Connor center stage for a performance of “An Appalachian Christmas” in early December.

“Mark O’Connor defies categorization,” MSO Music Director Scott Speck said in a press release. “He plays the classics, folk, jazz, country and bluegrass. He’s a fiddler, a composer and a teacher. He holds yearly workshops for hundreds of musicians around the country.”

On the slate for the evening are several original O’ Connor pieces, including some with which the audience might be familiar only by sound and not name. Included among that will be “Appalachian Waltz,” made famous through PBS documentarian Ken Burns’ usage. It was also used by cellist Yo-Yo Ma during his most recent encore with MSO.

The show is sponsored by Wind Creek Casino & Hotel and WKRG News 5.

Performance begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Sunday matinee is at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $20 to $65. They can be purchased by calling the MSO box office at 251-432-2010, in person at 257 Dauphin St., or online at

An Appalachian Christmas
Where: Saenger Theatre, 6 S. Joachim St.
When: Dec. 13-14