NWSA Symphony Orchestra joins violin virtuoso and rock icon Alexander Markov
for debut of world-acclaimed Rock Concerto
for debut of world-acclaimed Rock Concerto
MIAMI--- Alexander Markov, one of the world’s most accomplished virtuoso violinists and passionate musical mentor to students across the world, has joined musical forces with New World School of the Arts to present his critically acclaimed Rock Concerto in the lawns of Tropical Fairchild Botanic Garden. Accompanied by the NWSA Symphony Concert under the baton of Alfred Gershfeld, Markov, known for his masterful and dazzling performances, will debut his masterpiece to South Florida, which includes avariety of classical music followed by his original, musical epic – Rock Concerto – featuring his six string, golden electric violin with lighted bow.
"Art is such an important aspect of education. Music touches peoples’ hearts directly, shapes communities, adds to a higher quality of life, and unifiesfamilies,” stated Markov in a recent interview with New World School of the Arts. “I’m hoping that students will be inspired by this concert and, after this experience, will be drawn to find their own special musical niche just as Idid.”
Showcasing his world-class talent and technical skill, Markov brilliantly arranges andcomposes orchestrations to combine his love of classical and rock music intoone musical experience. The concert will be followed by SpendforEd’s 1st Annual Gala supporting education.
The Rock Concerto, sponsored by D’Addario, will be located at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden - 10901 Old Cutler Road in Coral Gables, Florida 33156. Tickets are available online at www.spendfored.org or by calling 1-866-811-4111. Ticket prices range from $20 for GA Lawn Seating to $75 for Premium Orchestra seats. For more information about the Rock Concerto visit: http://www.rockconcerto.com.
The Rock Concerto has astounded audiences in sold-out arenas around the world. The performance is divided into two parts and explores the depth and diversity of his classical background and rock music expertise. Jim Gasior, interim dean of music at NWSA commented, “Our students are deeply privileged to perform with such an innovative master of the violin (Markov). This opportunity will broaden our students’ horizons and create a lasting memory for them and for our school.”
In Part 1 of the performance, Markov will a present a variety of his Virtuoso Classical Masterpieces including Vivaldi and Schubert and his signature Paganini, with conductor Alfred Gershfeld. Part 1 will also include the New World School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra and renowned pianist, Heike Doerr. A Gold Medalwinner at the Paganini International Violin Competition, Markov’s reputation for performing this romantic 19th-century repertoire is hailed as second-to-none. He has performed as a soloist with some of the world's most celebrated orchestras and conductors.Markov's thrilling, flawless performance guarantees to bring audiences to their feet.
Part 2 will introduce the new audience to his sophisticated and highly evolved piece ofmusic featuring brand blending, innovative original compositions and a combination of melodic, rich harmonies of classical symphony with the Gothic sounds of a chorus and a rock-n-roll group. The Rock Concerto features renowned rock musicians Neal Coomer (Vocals), Ivan Bodley (Bass & Synth), Gregg Gerson (Drums) with the new addition of Juanito Pascual on Guitar, the New World School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra with conductor Albert Gershfeld, and the students from The Gulliver Vocal Ensemble w/ Music Director Ron Castonguay & The Coral Reef High School Chorus. An original composition by Alexander Markov and James V. Remington with lead vocal melodies and lyrics by Neal Coomer, The Rock Concerto brings classical and rock audiences together with tuneful melodies and breathtaking solos that open into a colorful, triumphant wall of sound.
Playing the world’s only gold-plated, electric violin and wielding a glowing,lighted bow, designed by co-composer James V. Remington, Markov leaves audiences breathless. The Rock Concerto is a richly textured work, years in the making, featuring the violin’s enormous range of tone and mood, from quiet and sweet, to playful and humorous, to dark, gothic and powerful. In Markov’s words, “The Rock Concerto is a musical fusion of contrasting classical elements, harmonies, melodies and counterpoints mixed with the contemporary sounds of rock n’ roll.”
Markov was inspired to create The Rock Concerto when he observed the decline in the number of young people attending classical concerts. The result is a body of work that attracts a young, rock music audience without alienating traditional classical music fans. By performing both this original, modern work and a classical Vivaldi and Schubert violin concerto in the same concert, he has created a unique concert experience that bridges the gap between classical and rock music fans of all ages.
Alexander Markov was born in Moscow, and studied violin with his father. By the time he was eight years old, he was already appearing as a soloist with orchestras and performing double concertos with his father. Markov grew up in Darien, Connecticut where his love affair with rock-n-roll began and eventually evolved into his Rock Concerto masterpiece. In 1987, he was awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Markov received his U.S. citizenship in 1982 and now resides in NY.
Alfred Gershfeld is a senior associate professor for instrumental studies at New World School of the Arts and the conductor of the school's symphony orchestra. He received hisadvanced degrees in conducting from the Kishinev Conservatory, 1966 and violin performance from the Moscow Conservatory, 1960 in the former Soviet Union. He served as conductor of the Moldavian Chamber and Symphony Orchestras and the Moscow Bolshoi Theater before immigrating to the United States. Mr. Gershfeld is also the Director of the Anna Maria Island Community Orchestra and Chorus, has been the Principal Conductor of the Alhambra Community Orchestra since 2009, and has served as Artistic Director of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta. He has appeared as guest conductor at the Jerusalem Academy of Music, the New York Music Festival, the Quad Cities Symphony, the Eastman School of Music, the Miami City Ballet, and the Naples Philharmonic.
AboutNew World School of the Arts
At New World School of the Arts, Miami’s premiere eight-year arts conservatory, music students receive one-on-one instructionfrom accomplished musicians and grow through disciplined guidance and training as they develop their personal style and repertoire. Through its educational partnerships, NWSA’s audition-based programs, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, offer the high school diploma as well as the BFA and BM college degrees. Areas of concentration in Music include: composition, performance, instrumental, piano, strings and voice. New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida. Information about New World School of the Arts at nwsa.mdc.edu.
SpendforED is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting education. By linking schools with businesses and the local community, SpendforED provides financial resources to fund new initiatives and support existing programs that help students find their strengths, realize their passions, and expand their possibilities. Together, we ensure our children will effectively compete in the new global economy.
Photo credit: Photos courtesy of New World School of the Arts.
IMG_2625 - Alexander Markov guides Jose Contreras while rehearsing with the NWSA Concert Choir
IMG_2634 – Alexander Markov offered invaluable pointers to NWSA Symphony Orchestra violinists during rehearsal
IMG_2635 – Alexander Markov and conductor Alfred Gershfeld lead the NWSA Symphony Orchestra during a rehearsal at New World School of the Arts
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