A pre-St. Patrick's Day Celebration with The Moxie Strings and Byron Center Orchestras!

Thursday, March 15 at 7:00 pm


The Van Singel Fine Arts Center is going green when hugely talented Moxie Strings take center stage for a pre-Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Van Singel Fine Arts Center on Thursday, March 15 at 7:00 pm. The trio, Diana, Alison and Fritz, once again bring their high energy show filled with traditional melodies and rock-influenced rhythms in one unique concert. The group will be joined by the Byron Center Orchestra ensembles.

Alison performs on a newly-invented, electric cello, and Diana plays a contemporary 5-string violin, both through a variety of audio effects pedals. Fritz is the percussionist wizard. This nationally recognized group is known for their unique sound and redefining strings’ role in contemporary music.

Hailed by The Grand Rapids Press as “top-notch, instrumental wizardry,” The Moxie Strings offer listeners the unique opportunity to experience several of the world’s best known musicians. The Moxie Strings compose the majority of their pieces and arrange melodies from many traditions, resulting in a genre-blurring blend of ear-catching melodies and foot-stomping, rock-influenced rhythms. Alison performs on a newly-invented, electric cello, and Diana on a contemporary 5-string violin, both through a variety of audio effects pedals. Fritz performs on a mix of world percussionist instruments. Their refined, high-energy performance and unique sound have redefined strings’ role in today’s music, and have quickly made the band one of the country’s most promising instrumental acts.

Soon after forming in 2007, The Moxie Strings were inspired not only to perform, but also to teach. Having made the exploratory journey from classical music to a world of eclecticism and musical creativity, the three have now dedicated their careers to helping young musicians make this life-changing and transformative transition. Moxie clinics focus on musical self-discovery and the importance of incorporating socially and culturally relevant genres of music in the music classroom. They have taught clinics in over 100 schools throughout the US, and also present on their research and methodologies to teachers at many music education professional development conferences. During most clinics, The Moxie Strings perform for students on electric instruments, teach music by ear, and introduce non-classical playing styles. The group has researched and created an innovative sequence of activities designed to introduce improvisation to classically trained musicians, which they employ at every clinic. The Moxie Strings deliver their message in a fun, accessible way, and stand before students as the illustration of the many opportunities that music holds. The musicians will conduct a daytime workshop with Byron Center orchestra students.

Tickets for The Moxie Strings, $12 for adults and $10 for students, can be purchased in person at the box office or by calling 616.878.6800, Monday through Friday, 12 to 5 pm. For more information go to www.vsfac.com or  www.themoxiestrings.com. Tickets will be available at the door.

Diana Ladio (right) and Alison Lynn (left) lead orchestra workshop at Byron Center High School.

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