World-Renowned Electric Violinist Mark Wood to Perform with 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, is bringing his groundbreaking music education program Electrify Your Strings! (EYS) to Alliance City Schools, Alliance OH. 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 Electrify Your Strings
“Authentic Tour” on April 26th, 7:30pm at the Alliance High School Auditorium. 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. Alliance Middle and High school orchestra 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 Crystal Sabik said, “This will be the fifth time that Mark has visited the Alliance City Schools Orchestras. Every new experience has been even better than the last. We can’t wait to welcome Mark back to Alliance and have another amazing couple of days.” The program – now in its 16th 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, Alliance Schools orchestra students will perform in a live concert alongside Mark Wood, open to the public with all profits going to the school music programs:
April 26th at 7:30pm

Alliance High School Auditorium

400 Glamorgan St.

Alliance, OH 44601

Ticket Information: General Admission: $8-Adults, $6-Students