Washington Jr. High, Edison Jr. High, and Rock Island High School orchestra students got to learn from one of the best in the industry.
Tracy Silverman, a professional electric violinist held workshops with the orchestra students. Making his professional debut as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony at the age of 13, Tracy Silverman was named one of 100 distinguished alumni by The Juilliard School. He is notable not only for his development and use of the electric 6-string violin but also for what he terms “progressive string playing”, an evolution of classical string playing that embraces contemporary popular idioms such as rock, jazz, and hip hop. Silverman’s original works have been performed by orchestras and chamber music groups internationally.
Performing on custom-made instruments which he designs himself, Silverman’s eclectic career has taken him to the world’s foremost concert halls to work with many leading symphonies and conductors.
Tracy shared his tips and tricks with RIMSD orchestra students. He will also be performing side-by-side with the orchestra students at a special concert on Friday, Feb. 24 at 7:00 pm in the RIHS Auditorium. Tickets are $15.