CMYO, Wood make orchestra ‘rock’

Carolyn BertschFeatured News, Sartell – St. Stephen, St. Joseph0 Comments

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Mark Wood plays the violin he invented called “The Viper,” which contains the sounds of an entire orchestra in a single instrument during the Jan. 13 “Electrify Your Strings” concert at Ritsche Auditorium-Stewart Hall, St. Cloud.

photo by Carolyn Bertsch
Young strings musicians from across central Minnesota spent the afternoon of Jan. 12 in Ritsche Auditorium-Stewart Hall in St. Cloud learning how to play “rockstar-style” from Mark Wood, an Emmy-winning composer, educator, original member of the Trans Siberian Orchestra and inventor of the premier electric violin, dubbed The Viper. The Central Minnesota Youth Orchestra brought the workshop called “The Mark Wood Experience: Electrify Your Strings!” to St. Cloud. Students practiced songs, including Queen’s “We Will Rock You;” The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby;” and Michael Jackson’s “Beat It!”

photo by Carolyn Bertsch
Mark Wood coaxes the audience to applaud a student performing on one of the electric violins that would later be raffled off during the Mark Wood Electrify Your Strings Concert Jan. 13 at St. Cloud State University Ritsche Auditorium-Stewart Hall.

Author: Carolyn Bertsch

Bertsch has worked for the Newsleaders since 2015. She and her husband, Matt, and their three children live in Sartell where they also own and operate Four Seasons Window, Carpet and Air Duct Cleaning. Bertsch also stewards the “Reads and Seeds and Other Needs” Little Free Library in Sartell. The “Other Needs” portion of the library functions as a collection site for donations to the Salvation Army where Bertsch serves as a board member. Her other hobbies include volunteering at the food shelf, cooking, baking, and growing a vast array of fruit in her backyard orchard. Bertsch believes that every single person can choose to make the world a better place for someone else and at the end of the day the only question that matters is, “What kind of difference did you make?”

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