Rock orchestra concert at BHS on May 14

posted May 1, 2019, 1:21 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 2, 2019, 5:18 AM ]
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ELECTRIFY YOUR STRINGS! Rock Orchestra Experience comes to Bartlesville High School


MAY 14, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Bartlesville HIgh School Fine Arts Center Auditorium


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 Bartlesville High School. 

This exciting free public 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 2018-2019 Electrify Your Strings! “Discovery Tour” on May 14, 2019, at the Bartlesville Fine Arts Center Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. 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.

When asked about Mark’s upcoming visit, Orchestra Directors Greg and Rhonda Carr said. ”We are excited to have Mark Wood performing with the 120-member Bartlesville High School Orchestra. The concert and clinic are made possible through the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation.”

The EYS program – now in its 19th year – is a music education experience like no other. Wood and his team work directly with a school’s orchestra directors 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 ShowThe 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, the Bartlesville High School Orchestra will perform in a live concert alongside Mark Wood. The concert is open to the public with all profits from donations going to the school music programs.


Today Show Clip

PBS Featurette