World-renowned electric violinist and Emmy award winning composer Mark Wood will perform with 200 student members of the Orchestra, Chorus and Band in a concert, May 4, at Thomas Dale High School in Chester. Wood will be in residence at Thomas Dale May 3-4 and will lead rehearsals and workshops on professional music skills. His “Electrify Your Strings” program builds on the strong foundation built by music teachers at each school he works with, creating a partnership with educators to create a professional learning experience for music students and highlighting the value of music education. His 2006 concert at Thomas Dale sold out. Get your tickets in advance!
Mark Wood is widely acknowledged as the premier electric rock violinist of his generation. Mark attended the Juilliard School of Music on full scholarship, which he left to pursue his vision of bringing rock violin into the mainstream. An original member of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mark received two platinum and three gold records from his work with them, and has toured and performed with Billy Joel, Celine Dion, Dee Snider’s Van Helsing’s Curse, Lenny Kravitz, Steve Vai, Roger Daltry of the Who and Jewel. Mark has been a featured guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and has had articles written about him in the New York Times, USA Today, and Time Magazine, among others.
This exciting event will transform the high school’s music ensembles into a full-fledged Rock Orchestra. The audience will be entertained by Mark’s original material, as well as his exciting arrangements of music by Police, Rush, Beatles, Copland and more.
The concert is May 4 at 7 pm in the auditorium at Thomas Dale High School. Tickets to this one-of-a-kind concert are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. To purchase tickets ask a TDHS music student or mail check written to “TDHS Orchestra Boosters” for $15 per ticket. Include your email address in the envelope for an email receipt. Advance purchase tickets will be available at the “Will Call” window starting at 6:15 p.m. on May 4. Mail check and legible email address to: Chris Johnston, Thomas Dale High School, 3626 W. Hundred Rd., Chester, VA 23831
For more information about Mark Wood, visit his website at www.electrifyyourstrings.com  No senior or student passes can be honored for this concert.
Tickets may sell out in advance...so order now.