CORNELIUS – It’s electric!

More than 150 middle and high schoolers will perform in a rock orchestra concert alongside Mark Wood, international recording artist and original member of the multi-platinum-selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra, on Nov. 5.

The concert is part of Wood’s “Electrify Your Strings!” music education program and 2013 “Dream Tour.” Wood works with a school’s orchestra director to design a rock orchestra concert featuring both his original material and arrangements, including Led Zeppelin, Cream and The Beatles. Wood will perform on his handcrafted seven-string fretted electric Viper violin.

In preparation, Wood will teach students improvisation, composition and personal expression on their violins, cellos and basses.

“This is an awesome educational and fun opportunity unlike anything our region has ever seen and to be able to offer it through the schools is another way we instill the love of performing in our students,” said Bill Myers, Bailey Middle School and Hough High School orchestra director.

The All-Star Orchestra includes students from Bailey Middle School, W.A. Hough High School, Cornelius Youth Orchestra, Carmel Middle School, Mallard Creek High School, Harding University High School and Southwest Middle School.

Wood first visited the area Oct. 11 for his “Fire and Ice Tour” when he performed with 16 schools. He owns and operates Wood Violins, a manufacturer of electric orchestra string instruments.

Wood studied under Maestro Leonard Bernstein, is a Juilliard-trained violinist and Emmy-winning composer. In addition to touring with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, he has worked with celebrities, including Celine Dion, Lenny Kravitz and Billy Joel.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at the W.A. Hough High School auditorium, 12420 Bailey Road. Attendees will have a chance to meet Wood and get his autograph, as well as bid in a silent auction.

Tickets cost $20 for general seating. Buy them at Davidson Violins, 416-C S. Main St., Davidson or from Bailey Orchestra Patrons or Hough Orchestra Patrons by emailing

Companies interested in sponsorship should e-mail

Proceeds from the concert benefit the schools’ music programs.