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Ex-Trans-Siberian member to perform with SHHS orchestra at concert tonight

Staff Reports • Feb 22, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Mark Wood, one of the founding members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, held a workshop with the Science Hill High School Orchestra on Friday called “Electrify Your Strings.”

According to Susan Lambert, director of orchestras for Johnson City Schools, Wood travels throughout the country visiting various orchestra programs and working with students on improvisation, the history of American culture and American music.

She said Wood found out about the SHHS Orchestra after hearing them perform at the American String Teachers Association Conference last spring.

“He saw the caliber of our students and our program here in Johnson City and expressed an interest to come,” Lambert said.

Tonight, the SHHS orchestra will perform with Wood in a concert starting at 7 in the 10-12 auditorium.

Lambert said the concert, sponsored by Century Link and the Johnson City Schools Orchestra Guild, will be an “electrifying” experience for all in attendance.

Wood attended The Juilliard School on a full scholarship and is the developer the Viper, a fretted electric violin with six strings. He also owns the biggest manufacturer of electric violin strings and has performed with chart toppers such as Celine Dion and Billy Joel.

He said the concert will include selections from popular bands like Led Zepplin, Kansas and The Beatles.

“The concert will celebrate American music, mostly rock,” Wood said. “It’s a big celebration of music that’s been written in the last 40 years, as opposed to 300 years ago.”

He said he’s enjoyed working with the SHHS orchestra and said that “they’re all really good kids. They’ve got great personalities and they’re engaged in the music, which is the most important thing for me.”

Tickets are being sold for $10 in advance at the Century Link store across from Toys R Us on North Roan Street, and will also be sold at the door tonight for $15.

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