Sycamore High School students will join renowned electric violinist Joe Deninzon for the SEE 1 Rock Orchestra live on February 19th.
The SEE 1 Rock Orchestra will be presenting contemporary hits by the Weekend, One Republic, Muse, classics by Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Van Halen, and the Allman Brothers, plus some of Joe Deninzon’s original music at Sycamore High School on February 19th at 7 p.m. Admission is $10.
Other activities will take place on February 18th, including workshops with students from both Sycamore’s Junior and Senior High Schools. Workshops run 8:15 a.m. through 11:20 a.m. at the High School and Junior High.
Sycamore Electric Ensemble (also known as SEE 1) is Cincinnati’s first high school rock orchestra. Formed in 2003, SEE 1 is composed of electric string instruments along with traditional "garage band" instruments. SEE 1 has collaborated with national fiddling champion Alex DePue, Mark Wood, internationally known electric violinist and Emmy-winning composer and Christian Howes, internationally known jazz and rock violinist. The concert will feature a professional light show.
Conducting The SEE 1 Rock Orchestra is founder David Smarelli, now in his 27th year as the Director of Orchestras, and a strings teacher for Sycamore Community Schools. His musical credits include conducting the Ohio Northern University String Ensemble and the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra, where he also served as music director.
Smarelli performs regularly with the Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, and has guest conducted on several occasions. He currently is the assistant concertmaster with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. He has played violin in the Lima Symphony Orchestra, the Lima Symphony Chamber Players and—there—served as Co-Concertmaster and performed as a soloist.
Under his direction, David’s school orchestras have received local and statewide recognition, performing at numerous Ohio Music Education events, Disney World, and in Chicago and Washington D.C. including a performance on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Joe Deninzon has been hailed by critics as “The Jimi Hendrix of the Violin,” because of his innovative style on acoustic and electric seven-string violin. A musician who transcends many genres, Joe has worked with Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Les Paul, Phoebe Snow, Aretha Franklin, and Ritchie Blackmore, and performed for President Clinton. He can be heard on over 100 recordings and jingles as a violinist and string arranger.
Joe is the lead singer and violinist for the progressive rock band, Stratospheerius, and a member of the Latin Jazz string quartet, Sweet Plantain, which tours extensively. Mel Bay books has published his book/CD/DVD "PLUGGING IN: A Guide To Gear and New Techniques for the 21st Century Violinist." In 2016, Joe debuted “Dream Diary: Concerto for Seven-String Electric Violin and Orchestra” with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, and world renown violinist Rachel Barton Pine debuted Joe’s composition “The Electric Lake of Soul” at Interlochen Music Festival.
Joe is a 14-time BMI Jazz Composer’s grant recipient and winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
Tickets are available now on www.SBOB.org