Violins in the Streets

Mark Wood is a toothpick of a man, a driven, wild-haired rock star with a Flying V-shaped electric violin (it’s called a Viper, kids). Best known for his gig with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Wood is also a violin maker with his own unique line of guitar-like instruments and a dedicated mentor to young musicians. And it’s in the latter role that he’ll be performing tonight with a special group of Denver School of the Arts orchestra majors, who had the opportunity to work with Woods during a day-long workshop. The concert, Electrify Your Strings, includes a program these kids don’t usually touch, featuring renditions of “Stairway to Heaven,” “Eleanor Rigby” and other tunes from the pop canon, performed by Wood with backup by the DSA musicians. The concert, an orchestra fundraiser, begins at 7 p.m. at the school, 7111 Montview Boulevard; a good time is promised for all. To order tickets, $20, go to http://dsa.dpsk12.org/stories/storyReader$4152.
Tue., Nov. 17, 7 p.m., 2009
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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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