One of New York’s most prestigious stages will be the scene for Antonio Pontarelli’s next rock infusion. On Sunday, September 25, the award-winning violinist will be featured by the World Civic Orchestra performing “I’d Love To Change the World” – a piece most famously written and performed by the English blues-rock band Ten Years After and arranged by John Reed for the Hampton (Rock) String Quartet. Under the musical direction of Vincent Koh, the fall concert will be highlighting artists that inspire from around the world. A portion of the proceeds will go to fund music scholarships and additional artist and concert information can be found at www.antoniomusic.com .
“This really is a landmark performance for me because it’s the first time I will be performing rock music with a full orchestra,” says Pontarelli. “Traditionally, many orchestras are rigid in their adherence to classical repertoire and thus, don’t allow for much improvisation. With those inhibitions swept away, it is incredible to hear an ensemble of 80+ members interweaving rock music in a classical setting.” In 2010, Pontarelli debuted at Carnegie Hall as a soloist on electric violin with the WCO at their inaugural concert. He began playing violin when he was only four, and has continued playing as a soloist with numerous Grammy winners such as Jethro Tull, David Benoit, Serj Tankian (SOAD) and the San Diego Symphony. He has also shared the stage with numerous world-class artists including Jason Mraz, Seal, Earth Wind and Fire and Billy Preston. Pontarelli is a Yamaha Artist and will be playing a prototype that is a sneak preview of a new electric violin to launch next year.
This groundbreaking performance takes place on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 2PM. Located at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall (70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY). Tickets are $20-$40. For additional show information contact www.lincolncenter.org . For additional artist information, music downloads and press photos visit www.antonionmusic.com
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