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Thursday To-Do: Youth Rock Orchestra/Mark Wood Experience

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YOUTH ROCK ORCHESTRA / MARK WOOD EXPERIENCE
7:30 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $25.

How's this for a neat school recital: 100 students from Mills and Conway High on strings, brass and drums playing covers from Coldplay, Michael Jackson, Apocalyptica and the like. Even neater: they do all this alongside Mark Wood, the original violinist for Trans-Siberian Orchestra and former student under Leonard Bernstein. Most kids have to play John Philip Sousa; the Youth Rock Orchestra is playing John Lennon. The orchestra was formed by Izzy's Restaurant co-owner (and former member of the Mark Wood Experience) Heather Isbell after a two-day workshop with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra member. The kids liked it so much, they decided to, well, “keep on truckin'.”

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