Come hear violin virtuoso Jourdan Urbach (2009 artist ascending winner) and Emmy Award-winning electric violinist Mark Wood in their only blow-out performance together in New York for 2009 - an extraordinary concert where classical meets electric on one stage at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. The performance takes place on Friday night, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. Joining Urbach and Wood will be members of the band, The Mark Wood Experience, and host: WCBS-TV's Emmy Award-winning medical journalist, Dr. Max Gomez for a Night of Music that will benefit Hope & Heroes: the Children's Cancer Fund of Columbia University Medical Center.
Mark Wood, original member and lead violinist of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and graduate of Juilliard, has worked with Celine Dion, Billy Joel and Lenny Kravitz, and plays to sold out halls across the country. Wood, who is an international recording star and has been featured on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, is also an Emmy Award-winning composer. Wood and Urbach have written an original piece for the Tully concert that will appear on an album Urbach is presently writing in collaboration with Grammy nominated composer Chris Caswell (who composed the electric violin suite for Urbach's Carnegie Hall concert in November, 2008).
Concert for a Cure is produced by the founder and director of Children Helping Children, Jourdan Urbach, a Roslyn High School senior. At 17, this Juilliard concert violinist has already received international acclaim: for his artistry, his sweeping contributions to MS-focused neuroscience research, and his humanitarian and philanthropic endeavors as founder and director of Children Helping Children, a musical charity organization that raises funds through Concerts for a Cure for cutting-edge neurological research, pediatric hospital divisions, and international medical organizations targeting the eradication of neurological disease. To date, Urbach has raised over $1.5 million to fight neurological disease.
Compared to a "young Paganini" with "buttery smooth playing and laser sharp technique," Jourdan Urbach has been presented this year as the "2009 Artist Ascending," following in the footsteps of illustrious past recipients: Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zuckerman, Gil Shaham, Mischa Dichter, Daniel Barenboim, to name a few. He has been the headline performer at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, The Meadowlands, The Tilles Center, The Kravis Center in Palm Beach, a production of the national radio show From the Top, The Wortham Center in Houston, Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, Universal City in LA, among dozens of other legendary concert venues. Host Robert Sherman of WQXR's Young Artist Showcase called Urbach "the one to watch for in the future ... a brilliant performer." Urbach has been featured on: CBS Charles Osgood's Sunday Morning News, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, The Today Show, Caroline Rhea Show, Carson Daily, Montel Williams, CNN-Lou Dobbs, CNN Nightly News, Glenn Beck Show, 2008 Associated Television International Hero Awards, and MTV: True Life's "Genius & Prodigy."
Urbach's performance tour for 2009 takes him from California, as the "Rising Star" of the Ventura Music Festival, under the direction of Maestro Nuvi Mehta, to Memphis, TN; Charleston, SC; Columbus, MO; Washington, DC; Las Vegas, NV; New York (Alice Tully Hall); Connecticut and Buenos Aires, Argentina as soloist with the Buenos Aires Symphony.
This spring, Urbach will have his first commissioned, original short film score and performance for Elah and the Moon, screned at the Cannes Film Festival.
Join these exceptional artists in helping to fund vital research and healthcare for children.
Tickets for the event are reasonably priced at: $100 (patron), $65, $45 and $25 for students. To order call Center Charge at: (212) 721-6500 or Hope & Heroes at (212) 305-1420.