Bowed strings and pretty things

The Moxie Strings rock the Fine Arts Theatre

Kristopher Reynolds
Staff Writer

Moxie Strings member Alison Lynn playing the electric cello during the SC4 noon concert March 27 in the SC4’s Fine Arts Theatre on the Port Huron campus. Photo credit Liz Whittemore

Moxie Strings member Alison Lynn playing the electric cello during the SC4 noon concert March 27 in the SC4’s Fine Arts Theatre on the Port Huron campus. Photo credit Liz Whittemore

The Thursday Noon and Night Concert Series serves to showcase and expose a variety of artists, cultures and genres with the March 27 concert not an exception to this rule, featuring the sounds of The Moxie Strings.
The Moxie Strings take traditional Irish and string music, and in the words of the band, “try to make it as non-traditional as possible.” The band consists of Diana Ladio on violin, Alison Lynn on electric cello, and Fritz McGirr handles drums and percussion.
A Kalamazoo local, Ladio is a University of Michigan honor graduate with a bachelor’s of music in music performance with a teaching certification.

Ladio has nearly two decades of teaching experience. She now tours the country with The Moxie Strings, performing and teaching.

Moxie Strings fiddler Diana Ladio during the SC4 noon concert March 27 in the SC4’s Fine Arts Theatre on the Port Huron campus. Photo credit Liz Whittemore.

Moxie Strings fiddler Diana Ladio during the SC4 noon concert March 27 in the SC4’s Fine Arts Theatre on the Port Huron campus. Photo credit Liz Whittemore.

Lynn is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree of music in cello performance. She has over 20 years of teaching experience and has performed with artists such as Kanye West, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Ragbirds, and many others.

McGirr holds a bachelor’s of music in percussion performance from University of Michigan.
He plays a wide variety of percussive instruments, the most notable being the Irish bodhran, a type of goat-skin hand drum, for which he holds a performance certificate. McGirr spent time in Ireland studying a variety of music topics.
Celeste Skalnek, Coordinator of the Arts, found The Moxie Strings through the Michigan Humanities Foundation.
“They have a touring directory of different artists for performance and education. We are on that directory and thank goodness ‘cause we had an amazing day. Late February of next year we’ll be back, and we’ll be featuring students from SC4,” Ladio said.
Donn Campbell, who attended the night concert with his wife, remarked, “we’re in our seventies and we dug it.”
Ann Endelman, another spectator, said “Just thought it was a great concert. I didn’t know what to expect. I was really impressed with their talent and personalities.”

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