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Jazz violinist to lead workshops

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Christian Howes

The Wellington School will host jazz violinist Christian Howes for intensive workshops with students, followed by an evening performance that is open to the public.

Caroline Haskett, director of marketing, said Howes will visit Wellington to work with students during the school day Oct. 9.

The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. the same day at the school, 3650 Reed Road in Upper Arlington.

Haskett said the concert will include performances by orchestra students in grades 7-12.

She said Howes received the top spot in last year's Downbeat Magazine critic's poll.

"He was also nominated for Violinist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association in 2011," she said. "He has been classically trained and will fuse traditional classical styles with his unique style of electrified jazz."

Howes, a Columbus resident, said violinists usually are associated with classical music, not jazz.

"Classical music is only the beginning of a journey to see that string players can have original voices also," he said.

Karen Butler, director of strings at Wellington, said her students will perform their own improvisations, using electric string instruments.