Virtual Concert Series (June 7, 2020)
Posted on 06/04/2020
Virtual Concert Series

Music Educator Teams Up With Emmy-Winning Composer Mark Wood and Violin Virtuosa Rachel Barton Pine to Launch New Music Program Solution


The live stream can be viewed on Facebook on Sunday, June 7th, 7:00PM PST for free.


JUNE 2020 -- Music educator Angelo Moreno of the Davis Joint Unified School District will present a live stream concert on Sunday, June 7 with over 300 young musicians from six of the school district’s ensembles performing with Emmy-award winning violinist and composer Mark Wood and leading classical violin virtuosa Rachel Barton Pine. The concert, produced by Los Angeles production company The Live House, will represent the culmination of an online learning curriculum of virtual lessons, video tutorials, and concert videos that Angelo Moreno prepared in collaboration with the two artists.


Arts educators in the U.S. are searching for creative solutions to continue their programs amidst a global pandemic. With the cancellation of schools, rehearsals, and concerts, music teachers like Angelo Moreno face a monumental challenge: provide an effective music education while keeping the arts alive. “We believe more than ever that music is a force of healing and we appreciate having this positive connection to each other, even remotely through our collective talents and love for the arts.” Angelo Moreno states.


Angelo Moreno worked with The Live House founder, Nick Yoon, to handle the technical organization, compilation and distribution of over 300 student videos. “Music programs are struggling to find alternatives to continue their normal outreach activities,” Nick Yoon says. “Through this launch of multiple collaborators, musicians and educators, we hope to inspire other leaders in the arts and create content that revolves around their community.”


Angelo Moreno’s partnership with Mark Wood and Rachel Barton Pine has given students the opportunity to virtually play alongside two of the world’s leading musicians. “This exciting event will transform the student musicians into a full-fledged virtual Rock Orchestra as exciting arrangements of contemporary pop music plus selections by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and more entertain the audience!” Mark Wood says.


“I was looking forward to returning to Davis Senior High School Baroque Ensemble as part of my tour of Northern California this Spring.” says Rachel Barton Pine, who was ready to perform Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins in A minor with her daughter, Sylvia Pine and Angelo’s Davis High Baroque Ensemble. “As disappointed as I am to not be working together, through the miracle of modern technology, we’re still able to share part of our performance together.” she added.


The live stream can be viewed on Facebook on Sunday, June 7th, 7:00PM PST for free. 

About The Live House

The Live House is a multimedia production studio that represents a diverse collective of multi-disciplinary talent. Based in Los Angeles, we produce independent projects and stories for music videos, commercials, documentaries, digital and branded content.


About Mark Wood

International recording artist and Emmy award winning composer Mark Wood, an original member of the multi-platinum selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra and creator of the revolutionary Viper electric violin, is bringing his groundbreaking music education program Electrify Your Symphony! (EYS) to Davis, CA. This exciting event will transform the student musicians into a full-fledged virtual Rock Orchestra as exciting arrangements of contemporary pop music plus selections by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and more entertain the audience! Mark will virtually perform with the students on his handcrafted 7-string fretted electric Viper violin as part of the 2019 - 2020 Electrify Your Symphony! “Ultimate Tour” on June 7, 2020. 

Mark Wood’s program, now celebrating its 20th year, has been featured on The Today ShowThe CBS Evening News, and many more.  It is a music education experience like no other.  Mark and his team work directly with a school’s orchestra director to tailor-design a rock orchestra makeover, and in this challenging time have taken the experience to the virtual world.   Whether in person or virtually, EYS builds on the strong foundation in traditional music provided by music teachers and creates a partnership with educators that inspires students and boosts their self-esteem and motivation on stage and off.

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

To prepare for THIS concert, Mark created tutorial videos for the songs, and taught the students about  improvisation and personal expression on their violins, violas, cellos and basses. Utilizing his music arrangements that were sent to the district prior to this visit, orchestra students will rock alongside Mr. Wood in an exciting virtual concert that will entertain the audience like never before.



About Rachel Barton Pine

Heralded as a leading interpreter of the great classical masterworks, Pine has appeared as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, and Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie, and holds top prizes from numerous international competitions including a J.S. Bach gold medal. 

In addition to her primary career as a classical violin soloist, Pine is also “a most accomplished Baroque violinist, fully the equal of the foremost specialists” Gramophone). She has been involved with historically informed performances of early music for three decades. Her baroque violin performances include appearances with the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Marlboro Music, the Frick Collection, the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Early Music, and the Boston Early Music Festival. Following up her acclaimed 2018 Cedille Records recording with Jory VinikourJ.S. Bach: The Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord, this past season Pine joined the harpsichordist in recital at the National Gallery in Washington D.C., and the Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake City. Music from Vivaldi: The Complete Viola d'amore Concertos, which she recorded with Ars Antigua on Cedille Records may be heard in the Oscar-nominated film “The Favourite.” Pine also performs and records with John Mark Rozendaal and David Schrader as the period instrument ensemble Trio Settecento. She has served on the Board of Directors of Early Music America.