String Theory lights up Northeast State Nov. 24

Old instruments and blistering new tunes. That best describes the music of String Theory, the dynamic duo of violinist Daniel Blair and cellist James Ross, Jr.

These two virtuoso musicians present an entertaining, humorous, and inspirational tour through the history of music, from J.S. Bach to Beyonce with their infectious musicianship and live show. String Theory will ignite the theater stage at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 24 at 7:00 p.m. with a free concert at Northeast State.

Blair and Ross have performed together for over 10 years playing more than 400 live performances. Through their talents, the duo adds music to their own stories, comedy sketches and inspiring messages using all genres like Classical, Pop, Cinema, Jazz, Bluegrass and even Rock. Blair’s focus in violin performance began at age 7 studying under Timothy Barrett at the Academy of Strings. He continued his musical study at the Hart School of Music, Appalachian State University and University of Tennessee at Knoxville. His accomplishments include statewide junior and senior division champion for strings under the Tennessee Music Teacher’s Association as well as being a founding member of the Tenacity Piano Trio.

Blair says his passion comes from exploring new ways to bring music to life. With violin as his primary instrument, he also composes, records, and produces music. He currently runs the string program at Blair Academy for the Arts. Ross, Jr., of Johnson City, has studied music since the age of five. He is classically trained in cello and piano.

String Theory - Daniel Blair and James Ross Jr.
String Theory – Daniel Blair and James Ross Jr.

Ross has performed with local and regional orchestras for over 10 years but truly appreciates the intimacy of small ensembles. He has performed as a live deejay as well as teaching music at Blair Academy for the Arts. He is currently completing his MBA at East Tennessee State University.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information about the show, call 423.279.7669 or jpkelly@NortheastState.edu.

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