All-electric quartet Stringfever will bring their skills on various string instruments to Messiah this Friday. (photo from stringfeverusa.com)

All-electric quartet Stringfever will bring their skills on various string instruments to Messiah this Friday. (photo from stringfeverusa.com)

By Megan Hess
Student Writer

For students and others desiring an innovative, unparalleled entertainment experience at Messiah, such an event is coming to campus very soon. This Friday, performing group Stringfever will be holding a concert in the Calvin and Janet High Center’s Parmer Hall at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and $10 for students with a Messiah College I.D. They can be purchased at the ticket office in the Eisenhower Campus Center or online at www.messiah.edu\tickets.

Stringfever is an all-electric string quartet made up of three brothers – Giles, Ralph and Neal Broadbent – and their cousin, Graham. Giles and Ralph both play the violin, Graham plays the viola, and Neal performs on cello.

Originally from England, Stringfever has played concerts worldwide. Its members come from a prestigious musical background; their family lineage includes one London Symphony Orchestra violinist and one principal violist for the Welsh National Opera who was also a professor of viola at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff University.

Prior to forming the band, Giles, Ralph and Graham had the privilege of playing in the pit orchestras for productions of Sunset Boulevard, The Phantom of the Opera and My Fair Lady.

“Each season, we try to book two different performers who will complement each other by way of variety and musical diversity,” said Carla Gross, the executive director of marketing and communications, as well as the special assistant to the president for communication at Messiah College.

“For the fall cultural series in October 2014, we hosted the Manhattan Transfer, which is well known for its a capella jazz vocals. So for our February concert, we wanted to feature an instrumental ensemble—but we wanted to focus on a more “outside-the-box” musical style—and Stringfever certainly fit that description.”

This event is not only for classical-music lovers. While much of Stringfever’s repertoire is classical music – including their acclaimed rendition of the Maurice Ravel ballet Bolero – a typical performance is bound to include selections from other genres.

Two of the most noteworthy non-classical inclusions at one of Stringfever’s concerts are their film music medley and “The History of Music in Five Minutes” which covers forty different songs. On top of that, technophiles will be drawn to the performance because of the band’s unusual instruments. 

All members of Stringfever play variations of the Violectra. This electric violin was first created by Canadian artist and musician David-Bruce Johnson, who made the instruments played by the men of Stringfever.

“[This] is a show that I think students will really enjoy. It will be an entertaining way to spend a Friday night,” Gross said.

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