Envisioned Strings’s premiere concert took place on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 7pm at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Theatre.
Envisioned Strings took place on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 7pm at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Theatre, located at 101 Callahan Dr, Alexandria, Virginia 22301. This unique performance headlined the talents of rock violinists The Dueling Fiddlers, Russell Fallstad and Adam DeGraff, along with bluegrass music of Amanda Kerr, and a slight twist on the classical string quartet, inNOVAtion String Quartet, comprised of Russell Fallstad, Stephanie Sims Flack, Chiara Kingsley Dieguez and Diana Flesner, all in a single show like no other. There was also be a special performance by children from the artists’ teaching studios.
Stephanie Flack, producer of the show, visualized the show’s concept to be entertaining to a diverse audience of music listeners and also to stretch each individual’s appreciation for various styles of music. Flack stated that “As performers and pedagogues, everyone involved in this show feels that it is important to not only perform various styles of music, but to also teach this diversity to the next generation of performers and to share it with our audiences.”
Russell Fallstad, of The Dueling Fiddlers, likened the idea of the show to “a Jambalaya of string music.” Having just returned from a Dueling Fiddlers show in New Orleans, Fallstad said, “Magic happens when you mix musical cultures like the African, French, Spanish, Native American, and American cultures mixed in New Orleans to produce Jazz–this show mixes Rock, Pop, Hip-hop, Classical, and Bluegrass to give you pretty much everything stringed instruments can do, and then some!”