Spinphony began four years ago when violinist Brett Omara had the vision of creating an instrumental group combining the great melodies of classical works with well known rock and pop hits and backing instrumentals into a style she calls ‘Pop Baroque.’ Today, the four ladies of Spinphony are creating a buzz while breaking down barriers between classical, rock, and pop music. Spinphony’s unique arrangements mash up genres to a create a show accessible to all ages and backgrounds. For example, Don’t Stop Beethoven combines two timeless melodies “Don’t Stop Believing” and “Ode to Joy”. The electric string quartet is comprised of Brett Omara and Anna Morris on violin, Michaela Borth on 5 String, and Kari Clifton on cello. Combined, the ladies have been playing their instruments for over 100 years. The four met freelancing in the Denver music scene and are all classically trained graduates of music conservatories, including Mahattan School of Music, Lamont School of Music, and SUNY Purchase. Spinphony has performed at the Summit Music Series, Brookfield Arts Series, Denver Museum of Art Final Fridays, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Taste of Colorado, Lonetree Arts Center, Lakewood Cultural Center, Bellco Theater, Lannie’s Clocktower, Boulder Dinner Theater, Coors Field, Jones Theater and Salida Steamplant Theater. They have traveled to Iceland, Mexico, Florida, California, Arizona, and Nevada to perform and are in high demand for public and private events.
PERFORMANCE, Q & A
We come to your school and perform a 25-30 minute set followed by 15-20 minutes of questions. This allows the students to experience part of our Spinphony show and also have a chance to talk with us about what it’s like to be freelance musicians and performers in a string quartet. To give the students the full experience we bring a wireless sound system and sound engineer. As an added bonus, our DJ can come as well. This is a great option for all ages, and no musical experience is necessary.
PERFORMANCE AND MASTERCLASS
Students learn a part or whole Spinphony piece prior to the workshop date. The day of the masterclass we work with the students on the music they learned and do a side-by-side performance. We will also do a short Q & A at the end of the session, but the main focus of the event is working with the students on the music they have prepared. Middle-school and up recommended. Intermediate level of violin, viola or cello playing required.
PERFORMANCE AND PRESENTATION
A short performance is followed by a presentation on making a career in music and our experiences in the industry. Students are encouraged to think of relevant questions during the talk and ask them at the end during Q & A. This is easily combined with the masterclass option and is most relevant for high-school and college students interested in pursuing a career in music.