ROCKWALL – Former multi-platinum-selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra member and Emmy award-winning composer Mark Wood, creator of the revolutionary ‘Viper’ electric violin, will present his ‘Electrify Your Strings’ (EYS) concert at Utley Middle School, May 20, at 7 pm.
The world-reknown artist will perform with the Stevenson Elementary and Utley Middle School orchestra students on his handcrafted seven-string electric Viper violin as part of his 2015 “Authentic Tour,” which includes arrangements of by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and more.
EYS has been featured on The Today Show, The CBS Evening News, and many more.
Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students. All proceeds go to the Utley’s music education program.
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They are also available at Utley the evening of the concert.
”The ‘Electrify Your Strings’ program with Mark Wood is an amazing opportunity for our students, said Orchestra Director Debra Scott. Mark is an innovator in the world of stringed instruments. He has taken the violin into the 21st century.”
“This concert shows the students that these instruments are versatile and can play many different genres of music. I look forward to this concert for many reasons, however, the most important reason is watching Mark Wood bring these students out of their shyness. He is so positive and uplifts all students. The encouragement that comes from an artist of this stature is life changing for many of our students.”
The program – now in its 16th year – is a music education experience like no other, explained Scott.
“Wood and his team work directly with a school’s orchestra director to tailor-design a rock orchestra makeover complete with a public performance at the end of the experience,” she said. “EYS builds on the strong foundation in traditional music provided by music teachers; creating a partnership with educators that inspires students and boosts their self-esteem and motivation on stage and off.”
Wood is the owner and operator of Wood Violins, the premier manufacturer of electric orchestra string instruments worldwide. The Juilliard-trained Wood studied under Maestro Leonard Bernstein. Wood has also worked with Celine Dion, Lenny Kravitz, Billy Joel and more.
To prepare for this concert, Wood will be teaching the students improvisation, composition, and personal expression on their violins, violas, cellos and basses.
Rehearsals are open to the media.
Contact: Debra Scott, firstname.lastname@example.org.