110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Proceeds to benefit music education
posted Jun 5, 2013 - 6:16:45pm
International recording artist Mark Wood, an original member of the multiplatinum selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra and creator of the revolutionary Viper electric violin, SV Stingray, and Cobra cello, is bringing his groundbreaking music education program Electrify Your Strings! (EYS) to DeLand and the Millennium Musicians Show Choir & Symphonic Strings. This exciting event will transform the student musicians into a frill-fledged Rock Orchestra!
Mark will be performing with the students on his handcrafted 7-string fretted electric Viper violin as part of the 2013 Electrify Your Strings! "Turbow Tour" at 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, at the Tommy Lawrence Arena at the Volusia County Fairgrounds, 3150 E. New York Ave. in DeLand.
The audience will be entertained by Mark's original material, as well as his exciting arrangements of music by Led Zeppelin, Cream, The Beatles, and more. Millennium Musicians Show Choir & Symphonic Strings students will perform in a live concert alongside Mark Wood, open to the public with all profits going to the school music programs.
Joining Mark for this particular EYS event is vocalist Laura Kaye, who will work with the Millennium Musicians Show Choir choir.
"When asked about Mark and Laura's upcoming visit, Orchestra Director Clara Knotts said "Both the Show Choir and Orchestra Students were inspired to push beyond their comfort zones and to reach for the type of musicianship that professionals possess. We are truly excited to work with Mark, Laura & Elijah again this year and to push ourselves to even greater heights."
The program - now in it's 12th year - is a music education experience like no other. 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. EYS builds on the strong foundation in classical music provided by music teachers; creating a partnership with educators that inspires students, boosting their self-esteem and motivation on stage and off. EYS has been featured on the Today Show, the CBS Evenings News, and many more.
Mark Wood is the owner and operator of Wood Violins, the premier manufacturer of electric orchestra string instruments worldwide. He studied under Maestro Leonard Bernstein, is a Juilliard-trained violinist and Emmy-winning composer. In addition his solo and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mark has worked with Celine Dion, Lenny Kravitz, Billy Joel, and more.
Laura Kaye is vice president and co-owner of Mark Wood Music Productions, and Wood Violins, Mark's wife, and has worked with James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Lenny Kravitz, Sean Lennon among others. Laura's role with EYS involves working with choir students during the course of these all-inclusive experiences, preparing them for the performance and auditioning soloists to be featured during the event.
To prepare for this concert, Mark will be teaching the students improvisation, composition, and personal expression on their violins, violas, cellos and basses. Utilizing Mark's music arrangements that were sent to the district prior to this visit, Millennium Musicians Show Choir & Symphonic Strings students will perform in a live concert alongside Mark Wood, open to the public with all profits going to the school music programs.
Workshops are scheduled 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, June 7, at the arena.
Concert tickets for the 7 p.m. June 7 performance cost $10.
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