Distance lends enchantment for some, but for Emmy Award-winning composer Mark Wood, it is a case of Bermuda lends enchantment.
The world-renowned electric violinist will take centre stage at the Bermuda School of Music’s 15th annual Some Enchanted Evening concert on Saturday.
Fire and Ice will feature the dynamic musician stamping his unique style on a programme devoted to the music of such rock ‘n’ roll greats as Brian May, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ozzy Osborne and Gordon Sumner.
He will also showcase some of his own compositions.
All songs, including ‘Strings Will Rock You’, ‘Crazy Train’, ‘Live and Let Die’ and ‘Stairway to Heaven’, will have been edited and arranged by Mr Wood.
Musical backing will be provided by BSM’s strings faculty, and violin, viola and cello students. Vocal students who form the school’s Treble Voice Choir will perform in the first half of the programme.
Rounding out the mix will be Mr Wood’s wife, vocalist Laura Kaye, and their son, drummer Elijah Wood.
BSM is a registered charity which has been providing music education to the Island since 1978. Its annual Some Enchanted Evening presentation is part of the school’s vision of “bringing musical excellence for all”, in the hope that its students and the wider community experience the excitement of live music.
Strings faculty and students alike have been preparing the music for several months prior to Mr Wood’s arrival.
He will conduct a full-day workshop for students on Friday, and another five-hour rehearsal before the performance.
Needless to say, everyone at the BSM is excited about the upcoming show.
“Mark is such a character, and has so much energy,” Suzuki strings co-ordinator Chas Arnold said. “We have roughly 40 students who will be performing along with our faculty and the Mark Wood Experience. We are very excited about the exposure these students will receive through participating in this event. Also, thanks to Partner Re and Bacardi, who sponsor the event, 100 percent of the proceeds from the evening go to our bursary programme, allowing over 50 students to receive financial support towards their music lessons.”
The concert will take place in the Mid-Ocean Amphitheatre of the Fairmont Southampton, at 7.30pm. Tickets (patrons $100, adults $45, children $15) are available at BSM and online, www.premiertickets.bm. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 296-5100.