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Wood to perform with local students Monday

February 1, 2019

International recording artist and Emmy Award-winning composer Mark Wood, an original member of the multiplatinum selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra and creator of the Viper electric violin, will bring his music education program Electrify Your Strings! to Watertown for a fourth time.

Wood will perform with Watertown Unified School District orchestra students on his handcrafted seven-string fretted electric Viper violin as part of the 2018-19 Electrify Your Strings! “Discovery Tour” Monday at 7 p.m. in the Watertown High School auditorium. The audience will hear Wood’s original material as well as his arrangements of music by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and more.

In the EYS program -- now in its 18th year -- 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. To prepare for this concert, Wood will be teaching the students improvisation, composition and personal expression on their violins, violas, cellos and basses.

EYS has been featured on The Today Show, CBS Evening News and more.

The concert is open to the public, with all profits going to the school music programs. Reserved seats cost $15 and can be purchased at www.goslingmusic.org.

Wood is the owner and operator of Wood Violins. He studied under Leonard Bernstein and is a Juilliard-trained violinist and Emmy-winning composer. In addition to his solo career and his work with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Wood has worked with Celine Dion, Lenny Kravitz, Billy Joel and more.

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