International recording artist and Emmy award winning composer Mark Wood, an original member of the multiplatinum selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra and creator of the revolutionary Viper electric violin, is bringing his groundbreaking music education program Electrify Your Strings! (EYS) to Utley Middle School. This exciting event will transform the student musicians into a full-fledged Rock Orchestra! Mark will be performing with the students on his handcrafted 7-string fretted electric Viper violin as part of the 2015-2016 Electrify Your Strings! “Dream Tour” on May 20, 2016 at 7:00pm at Rockwall High School Performing Arts Center in Rockwall, TX. The audience will be entertained by Mark’s original material, as well as his exciting arrangements of music by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and more. Utley Middle School students will perform in a live concert alongside Mark Wood, open to the public with all profits going to the school’s music program.
When asked about Mark’s upcoming visit, Orchestra Director Debra Scott said, “The rock and roll music brings relevance to playing a stringed instrument for many of these students. The students really love being challenged with stylistic and technical demands of the music.”
The program 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 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. 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 to his solo career and his work with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mark has worked with Celine Dion, Lenny Kravitz, Billy Joel and more.
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, young musicians from Utley Middle School will perform in a live concert alongside Mark Wood, open to the public with all profits going to the school music programs:
May 20, 2016 | 7:00pm | Rockwall High School Performing Arts Center (1201 T. L. Townsend) | Rockwall, TX 75087
Ticket Information: Adults $10 | Students $5
To find out more about Mark Wood, please visit www.markwoodmusic.com