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Vancouver School of Arts and Academics orchestra students get a chance to rock

Emmy-winning composer Mark Wood leads classes, concerts during 'Electrify Your Strings!' event

By , Columbian staff writer
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Vancouver School of Arts and Academics students conclude a practice performance with their bows in the air while joined by international recording artist and Emmy award-winning composer Mark Wood, right, in green shirt, in their school's auditorium Tuesday afternoon. Wood is an original member of the multiplatinum-selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra and creator of the revolutionary Viper electric violin. He visited VSAA as part of his touring music education program Electrify Your Strings!.
Vancouver School of Arts and Academics students conclude a practice performance with their bows in the air while joined by international recording artist and Emmy award-winning composer Mark Wood, right, in green shirt, in their school's auditorium Tuesday afternoon. Wood is an original member of the multiplatinum-selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra and creator of the revolutionary Viper electric violin. He visited VSAA as part of his touring music education program Electrify Your Strings!. (Photos by Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

An orchestra audience is typically expected to remain quiet during performances out of respect for the performers. That wasn’t the case at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics on Tuesday afternoon.

“New York City needs to hear you!” yelled Emmy Award-winning violinist and composer Mark Wood, beckoning both to his student string ensemble and his audience in the school’s Royal Durst Theatre as they put together their own rendition of Queen’s iconic rock anthem “We Will Rock You.

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