Acclaimed Jazz Violist Christian Howes to Perform at High Point Theatre During 2019 Season
High Point, N.C. – Christian Howes, one of the world’s most respected jazz violinists of his time, will grace the High Point Theatre stage with an electrifying program of violin music, Sun., Jan. 27, at 2:00 p.m. The event is being held as part of the High Point Community Concert Series, an affiliate of the High Point Arts Council.
Classically trained violinist will appear at the High Point Theatre to the delight of jazz aficionados
Christian grew up in central Ohio studying classical violin, graduating from Ohio State University with a degree in Philosophy. He was on track to do great things in the world of classical music until a bad decision at the age of 20 landed him in prison, with a 6- to 25-year sentence for drugs. It was during his 4-year incarceration that he experienced the transcendent power of music, making strong connections with other musicians who afforded him protection and an alternate pathway to knowledge. It was a lesson in spontaneity that was in stark contrast to how Howes and his classically trained peers had approached performance prior – musicians whose art arose from whatever platform was available, whether that meant pounding a beat on a picnic table, singing gospel a cappella, rapping, playing bluegrass, or, in the case of one prisoner, studiously working on Wes Montgomery guitar licks.
Since 2011, performer, educator and composer, Christian Howes has been voted #1 in the Downbeat Critics Poll (“Rising Stars/Violin”), named among the top three jazz violinists in the JazzTimes critics poll, and been nominated for Violinist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association. In addition, he has received the Residency Partner Award through Chamber Music America for outreach programs in schools, earned a US Artists grant through the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and was invited by the U.S. State Department for two tours to visit Ukraine and Montenegro. The Minneapolis Tribune called Howes “arguably the most intriguing young violinist in jazz.” Howes is the founder of “Creative Strings,” a non-profit organization with a mission to expand music education through the creation of online curriculum, an annual summer conference, and dozens of visits to schools annually teaching improvisation, contemporary styles and related subjects.
“We’re very excited about the opportunity to bring this highly respected and accomplished violinist to the Triad for an exciting performance,” said Theatre director David Briggs. “I believe patrons will see that classical music does not automatically mean stuffy but, instead, can actually be spirited and fun.”
Tickets are $15-$20, available through www.highpointtheatre.com or by calling the Box Office at (336) 887-3001.
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About High Point Theatre
Owned and operated by the City of High Point, the High Point Theatre is conveniently located within the International Home Furnishings Center at the corner of Commerce Avenue and Hamilton Street in High Point. The Theatre features an elegant 965-seat auditorium with continental style seating, three exhibition galleries for meetings, displays, and receptions, and free parking.