The amazing guys of Well-Strung rocked the Orchestra School of Puerto Vallarta last week with a concert and workshop for the young students.
Explaining how they mash-up classical music with pop and even country, they enthralled the many students who crowded the group for autographs afterwards.
Take four very handsome young men who are the masters of viola, cello and violin, and suddenly string instruments rock. Youngsters from eight to twenty two, entranced, enthralled, enthusiastic. Never a need to ask them to settle down.
Well-Strung are perfect in a school setting. Classy, talented and so personable. The students of the Orchestra School of Puerto Vallarta are now more determined to find success as musicians.
Question period was interesting. Which of you is the best? How did you get your name Well-Strung? The latter question caused a bit of confusion and speechlessness on stage. How does one explain the band name to children? How? “The name has to do with the word strung, a verb about the strings.” A few blushes on stage, fumbling for an explanation and all was cool.
This is not the first time Well-Strung has visited the school. Workshops have been given in other years too, coordinated by the Palm’s Entertainment Director, Tracy Parks. The director of the school, Daniel Oliveros, kindly lent the band a cello for their performances here. Cellos are expensive flight mates.
The band members, based in New York, are Christopher Marchant, 2nd violin, Edmund Bagnell, 1st violin, Trevor Wadleigh, viola, and Daniel Shevlin, cello. If you catch their show at The Palm Cabaret and Bar, (many of their shows are already sold-out) be sure to say hi to their very affable tour stage manager, Timothy Babcock.
Be sure to check out the Orquesta Escuala de Puerto Vallarta on Facebook. The school’s director is Daniel Oliveros. He can be reached at 322-224-5671. The school is located on Calle Genero Padilla #248 in El Pittilal. As in all the arts, this school seeks funding. Be an angel and support music education in Puerto Vallarta.
(Article and photos by Jacqui Birchall)