Mark Wood, an original member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, will perform in a June 23 concert with local students.
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, will work with young musicians in Warrenton this summer.
Mr. Wood will his music education program, Electrify Your Strings!, to the Fauquier County Youth Orchestra. The event will transform the student musicians into a full-fledged rock orchestra, with Mr. Woods performing on his handcrafted seven-string fretted electric Viper violin. The Electrify Your Strings! “No Limits Tour” concert will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 23, in the Rice Theater at Highland School.
Tickets will be $10, and free for children younger than 5.
The concert will feature Mr. Wood’s original material, as well as his arrangements of music by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and others.
“The members and staff are so extremely proud to be offering the chance to bring Mark Wood into our community and for him to spread his message about music education,” Fauquier Youth Orchestra Director Diana Traietta said. “Music should be accessible to every student. It is our goal to make sure that every child who wants to learn a musical instrument has the chance.
“Our program is here to enhance the current school music programs and offer education for those that are unable to study in their schools. We thrive to teach, explore and create to guide the next generation of music makers!”
In their 18th year of music education, Mr. Wood and his team work directly with a local orchestra director to tailor a rock orchestra makeover, with a public performance at the end.
Mr. Wood owns and operates of Wood Violins, which manufactures of electric orchestra string instruments worldwide. A Juilliard-trained violinist and Emmy-winning composer, he studied under Maestro Leonard Bernstein. In addition to his solo career and his work with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, he has worked with Celine Dion, Lenny Kravitz, Billy Joel and others.
To prepare for this concert, he will teach the students improvisation, composition and personal expression on their violins, violas, cellos and basses.
The Fauquier County Youth Orchestra is open to all orchestra and band students in the greater area. A 501(c)(3) non profit educational organization, it helps local students develop their potential as musicians and as individuals. The program provides a structured curriculum that explores topics in music theory, history, teamwork, community involvement and performance. The orchestra is open to all levels of playing and welcomes everyone without audition.