This symphonic event opens with selections from R.E.M.’s legendary playlist newly reimagined for orchestra and concludes with R.E.M.’s Mike Mills performing his eponymous Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and Orchestra alongside Grammy-nominated violinist Robert McDuffie.

Mike Mills (biography)
Robert McDuffie (biography)
R.E.M. gets ‘deconstructed and reconstructed’
ArtsATL Interview with Mike Mills & Robert McDuffie
Genres collide in ‘R.E.M. Explored’
The piece is cast in six movements and oscillates between fantastic ensemble playing to the great melodies which are the hallmarks of the best of Mills writing as he did when with R.E.M.. The result is a true collaboration of gifted musical peers. - Music Aficionado
McDuffie played with such passion that his whole body and facial features blended into the music...While Mills had never composed for strings before, he successfully pulled it off and it brought the crowd to a standing ovation. - DC Metro Arts
Interview: Mike Mills brings the rock and symphony worlds together