Bravewords.com and MineolaPatch‘s Jacqueline Kendrick have posted that electric violinist Mark Wood, one of the founding members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, joined forces with Mineola’s middle and high school string orchestras this past Tuesday. Wood conducted workshops with the students during the day and then joined the orchestra in the evening as part of the Mineola Department of Finance and Performing Arts’ mid-year String Night performance. According to Kendrick’s article:
For one performance, a middle school student named Joel got to play Wood’s custom-designed “sting ray”, a modern violin made of metal with a “V” shaped tail. Wood donated a few of the electric violins to the school district. During a performance of an AC/DC tune, five young ladies played alongside Wood, as [they] danced with him up and down the stage.
In an era where genre lines are quickly diminishing, it’s wonderful to see orchestra directors willing to break the stereotypical stuffy classical image of stringed instruments. Here’s hoping that more schools will plan similar events.
- TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA’s Mark Wood Performs With Mineola High School String Orchestra; Photos Available (bravewords.com)