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Saturday, 30 June 2012 15:44

Fiddlers ReStrung to Tour Upper Midwest States

on “Hats ‘N’ Horses 2012 Tour” June 27 - July 9

Saline, June 2012. Fiddlers ReStrung will be “all aboard the bus” complete with gear, musical instruments and tons of enthusiasm to take their high-energy entertainment on their annual summer tour Wednesday, June 27. This year’s tour is billed as the “Hats ‘N’ Horses Tour” and will take the group throughout the upper Midwest states, featuring a performance at Mount Rushmore. The group will return on July 9 upon completing ten performances during their visits to eight states.

Highlights of this year’s tour include a performance at the Mt. Rushmore Amphitheatre in Mt. Rushmore National Park that is certain to bring a smile to the audience as well as the Founding Fathers memorialized at the park. Other performances include highlighting the Mandan (ND) Fourth of July Parade and Rodeo, jam sessions in Minneapolis, providing a workshop to Rapid City (SD) string students, and other performances at venues including town squares, theatres, and band shells.

The trip also provides educational activities such as tours of Fort Abraham Lincoln, Black Hills Caverns, the Crazy Horse Memorial, the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center along with The Badlands. The “downtime” breaks include excursions such as The Mall of America, a riverboat cruise, Wall Drug, the Corn Palace and perhaps a second visit to the Mall of America.

2597 miles total   June 27-July 9, 2012

2012 Tour

 Cities on our path:

 St. Joseph, MI - Minneapolis, MN - Fargo, ND - Mandan, ND -

Rapid City, SD - Mitchell, SD - Cedar Rapids, IA

 

ReStrung Performances on Tour

  • Wednesday June 27, 12pm - Howard Band Shell, St. Joseph, MI
  • Thursday June 28, 6:30pm – Jam with Fiddles on Fire, Minneapolis, MN
  • Friday June 29, 6pm – Private Performance, Pine Springs , MN
  • Saturday June 30, 7pm – Coffee Grounds Coffee House, Falcon Heights, MN
  • Sunday July 1, 4:30pm – Bluestem Theater Performance, Moorhead, MN
  • Tuesday July 3, 4:15pm – Art in the Park, Mandan Rodeo Days, Mandan, ND
  • Wednesday July 4, 10:30am Mandan Rodeo Parade followed by 2 pm Mandan Rodeo Performance, Mandan Rodeo Days, Mandan, ND
  • Thursday July 5, 6pm – Workshop with Rapid City string students
  • Friday July 6, 7pm Mt. Rushmore Amphitheater, Mt. Rushmore National Park, Keystone, ND
  • Saturday July 7, 10am – Main Street Square, Rapid City, SD

Restrung Tour Activities

  • Friday June 29 – Mall of America/Pool Party
  • Saturday June 30 – Mill City Museum/Nicollet Street Mall
  • Monday July 2 – Fort Abraham Lincoln Park/Riverboat Cruise
  • Tuesday July 3 – Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
  • Tuesday/Wednesday July 3-4 – Mandan Rodeo Days
  • Friday July 6 – Black Hills Caverns, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
  • Saturday July 7 – Wall Drug and Badlands visit
  • Sunday July 8 – The Corn Palace

Fiddlers ReStrung at Mt Rushmore

See them perform "This Land is Your Land" at Mount Rushmore!  Video is available here!

Fiddlers ReStrung is a 17-piece string ensemble featured at about 80 performances annually consisting of students at Saline High School, all of whom share in producing a unique ensemble truly their own. The organization is officially sponsored and supported by Saline Area Schools and Saline Community Education. Students are chosen based not only on musical talent, but personal maturity as well as balancing a demanding performance schedule while maintaining high standards in other school activities, sports, and academics.

For additional information on Fiddlers ReStrung, please contact Rebecca Groeb-Driskill Cultural Arts Specialist, Saline Area Schools at (734) 429-8020.

 
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Thursday, 26 April 2012 07:58

 


Fiddlers ReStrung announced the addition of six new members selected at auditions this past February. Samantha Bay (viola), Nate Jacobson (violin), Rohan Kulkarni (cello), Teddy Lent (guitar), Glen Luckhardt (bass), and Thomas Murphy (tech) have successfully completed the initial audition process from among the many young musicians and technical staff who attended the open auditions conducted by the group earlier this year.

The audition process included having the new members perform a number of musical pieces for the selection committee to showcase their artistic talent and ability to interpret the musical style and range that is characteristic of Fiddlers ReStrung. Students also participated in interviews with members of the group and selection committee as part of the audition process. Fiddlers ReStrung’s new members are chosen based on a balance of musical talent and personal maturity to enable them to balance a demanding performance schedule while maintaining high academic and extracurricular standards at school.

The six new members will be welcomed into the group provisionally this spring to begin attending rehearsals and a rigorous immersion period of learning many of the standard favorites that make up the Fiddlers ReStrung repertoire. As they become more comfortable with the music and performance schedule of the group, the new members will more formally join in the group’s performances over the course of the busy summer schedule.

Fiddlers ReStrung is a 17-piece string ensemble featured at over 80 performances annually consisting of students at Saline High School, all of whom share in producing a unique musical ensemble truly their own. The organization is officially sponsored and supported by Saline Area Schools and Saline Community Education. For additional information on Fiddlers ReStrung, please contact Rebecca Groeb-Driskill, Cultural Arts Specialist, Saline Area Schools at (734) 429-8000 ext. 2338 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The group is looking forward to its Annual Summer Tour, this year christened as the “Hats n Horses Tour” of the Upper Midwest. The group will also be participating in and helping sponsor the First Mike Block String Camp in Saline August 6-10, 2012. Additional information about these events and the group can be found at www.fiddlersrestrung.com.

 
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Monday, 12 March 2012 10:23

Fiddlers ReStrung Announce

Spring Hometown Concert

Featuring Mike Block and Clay Ross

 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE


Saline, March 15, 2012. Fiddlers ReStrung announced their Spring Hometown Concert on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 6:30 pm featuring Mike Block and Clay Ross as guest performers. The concert will be at the Ewing Performing Arts Center at Saline High School at 1300 Campus Parkway in Saline, Michigan. The performances by Fiddlers ReStrung and their guest artists will also include performances by the Saline Sixth Grade and Middle School Fiddle Clubs.


Hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the “ideal musician of the 21st Century”, Mike Block is a pioneering multi-genre cellist, composer, and educator living in New York City.  Mike's personal projects include the Mike Block Band and the Triborough Trio. The Band features Mike as singer, cellist and composer, in a mixture of original songs and instrumentals drawing upon multiple genres. The Trio features unique arrangements of traditional and contemporary music from around the world.  Mike is also the Artistic Director and host of GALA NYC: "Global Art - Local Audience:," a concert series held at the Brooklyn Lyceum featuring a diverse array of musicians and artists in unique collaborations.


 A product of the Juilliard School, Mike has performed as a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and Mark O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz Trio, which he played in for over three years. Mike has also toured extensively with Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings, The Absolute Ensemble, Sirius String Quartet, and The Knights. He has performed on “Late Night with Conan O'Brien”, “Regis and Kelly”, NPR's “St. Paul Sunday Morning”, WNYC's "Soundcheck", WNBC's Chuck Scarborough Show, VH1, The Disney Channel, and the CBS “Early Show”.


Mike is a dedicated teacher and clinician and founded the Mike Block String Camp in Vero Beach, Florida, with a goal of empowering students to compose, arrange, learn, and perform music by ear, with instruction in multiple non-classical styles. Mike is also the Lead Teaching Artist for Silk Road Connect, a program through which Mike joins musicians/dancers/artists from around the world in presentations to public schools in the NYC and Boston metropolitan areas. This summer Mike will be leading the first Mike Block String Camp in Saline from August 6-10, 2012 at Saline High School. Additional information on the camp can be found at www.MikeBlockStringCamp.com.


Clay Ross is a guitarist, vocalist, composer, and songwriter based in NYC. He has released four albums as the featured performer and others in ensemble on the esteemed independent label, Ropeadope Records. His music covers a wide range of styles including rock, pop, jazz, funk, folk, world, blues, and bluegrass. After receiving a BFA in composition from the University of Charleston (SC), Ross became an integral part of the South Carolina jazz scene and relocated to NYC in 2002. In 2005 he became a member of Cyro Baptista’s world renowned percussion ensemble “Beat the Donkey,” with whom he toured regularly until 2009. In 2006 he was honored as a U.S. Jazz Ambassador and has completed four tours abroad for the U.S. State Department. Clay Ross is currently performing at concert halls and music festivals around the world with rising folk star April Verch, as a solo artist, and leading his band “Matuto.”


Fiddlers ReStrung is a 17-piece string ensemble featured at over 80 performances annually consisting of students at Saline High School, all of whom share in producing a unique ensemble truly their own. The organization is officially sponsored and supported by Saline Area Schools and Saline Community Education. Students are chosen based not only on musical talent, but personal maturity as well as balancing a demanding performance schedule while maintaining high standards in other school activities, sports, and academics.


Purchase tickets online, by calling 734-325-4FRS (4377) from 8:00am to 8:00pm or at the door.  See you there!

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

 
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Wednesday, 28 September 2011 22:21

Auditions for Fiddlers ReStrung

Fiddlers ReStrung announced that auditions for new members for the upcoming school year will be held on Sunday, February 3rd at 3:00PM in the Orchestra Room at the Saline High School. Pre-auditions workshops will be held from 3:30 – 5:00PM on January 20th and January 27th. 

Fiddlers ReStrung is looking for new members who are Saline school students, are in 8th Grade or above and have at least two years of music playing experience.

Fiddlers ReStrung is a 22-piece string ensemble featured at over 80 performances annually consisting of students at Saline High School, all of whom share in producing a unique ensemble truly their own. The organization is officially sponsored and supported by Saline Area Schools and Saline Community Education. Students are chosen based not only on musical talent but personal maturity as well.  They must balance a demanding performance schedule while maintaining high standards in other school activities, sports, and academics.

For additional information regarding the auditions or Fiddlers ReStrung, please contact Rebecca Groeb-Driskill, Cultural Arts Specialist, Saline Area Schools at (734) 429-8000 ext. 2338 or at   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Additional information about Fiddlers ReStrung is available here

Fiddlers ReStrung 2013 auditions

 
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Wednesday, 28 September 2011 22:21

Fiddlers Restrung Presents Winter Hometown Concert in support of

Toys for Tots 

For the past four years, Fiddlers Restrung has provided a great kickoff to the Saline Fire Department's Toys for Tots campaign drive. The tradition continues this year with Winter Hometown Concert on Sunday, December 4th at 2 pm in Ellen Ewing Auditorium at Saline High School.
To purchase tickets online, please click here: Purchase Hometown Concert Tickets

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Fiddlers ReStrung Welcome Autumn at Clinton Fall Festival

 

Clinton, September 23-24, 2011. September in Michigan brings a new school year, crisp weather and shorter days. It can also inspire flights of alliterative fancy to describe fulsome foliage, football fanatics, fall festivals and of course Fiddlers ReStrung.

For 38 years, downtown Clinton, Michigan has hosted an Annual Fall Festival featuring feasts of food, fun and fine arts over three days. This year’s festival attracted the largest crowds in Lenawee County enjoying gorgeous autumn weather and a variety of entertainment and activities for the whole family.

Each of the past three years Fiddlers ReStrung has been invited to perform at the Clinton Fall Festival, and this year they were featured performers on the sound stage on both Friday and Saturday evenings. The 2011-12 edition of Fiddlers ReStrung entertained the audience crowding the stage at the festival with a familiar format of their favorite songs mixed in with new material they began integrating into their repertoire this summer.

The group performed a wide-ranging set each evening with an energetic mixture of music from Celtic to bluegrass highlighted by nimble dance steps. The appreciative festival audience included several young fans who took to the dance boards themselves to show off their own original interpretations of step dancing to accompany crowd pleasers such as “Appalachian Joy.” The group serenaded their own student technician, Daniel Westfall, to the tune of “Big Daniel” as he accompanied the song with his percussive “bones.”

New songs introduced at the festival by the group included “Salt Spring” with solos by sophomores Mehul Kulkarni, Lee Luckhardt and Natalie Zimmerman; “D is for Pitnacree”; and “Sweetwater Sea” which featured senior keyboardist Marielle Driskell on vocals.

Fiddlers ReStrung is a 21-piece string ensemble featured at over 80 performances annually consisting of students at Saline High School, all of whom share in producing a unique ensemble truly their own. The organization is officially sponsored and supported by Saline Area Schools and Saline Community Education. Students are chosen based not only on musical talent, but personal maturity as well balancing a demanding performance schedule while maintaining high standards in other school activities, sports, and academics.

For additional information on this event or Fiddlers ReStrung, please contact Rebecca Groeb-Driskill, Cultural Arts Specialist, Saline Area Schools at (734) 429-8000 ext. 2338 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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