Electrify Your Strings
ELECTRIFY YOUR STRINGS! ROCK ORCHESTRA EXPERIENCE
COMES TO CORTLAND CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT STRINGS AND ST. MARY’S SOAR
WORLD-RENOWNED ELECTRIC VIOLINIST MARK WOOD TO PERFORM WITH STUDENTS
June 12, 2018 at 7:00pm
Cortland Junior-Senior High School
International recording artist and Emmy award winning composer Mark Wood, an original member of the multi-platinum selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra and creator of the revolutionary Viper electric violin, is bringing his groundbreaking music education program Electrify Your Strings! (EYS) to Cortland Junior-Senior High 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 2017-2018 Electrify Your Strings! “No Limits Tour” on June 12, 2018 at 7:00pm. 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.
The program – now in its 18th 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 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 Evening 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, students from Barry, Parker, Randall, Smith and Virgil Elementary Schools, St. Mary’s School, and Cortland Junior-Senior High School will perform in a live concert alongside Mark Wood. The concert is open to the public.
For more information on Electrify Your Strings! please visit www.electrifyyourstrings.com
To find out more about Mark Wood, please visit www.markwoodmusic.com
The Viper electric violin is one of several electric instruments manufactured by Mark’s company Wood Violins – check them out at www.woodviolins.com.