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Premier Electric Violinist Christian Howes to Perform October 16

One of the world’s most acclaimed jazz violinists, Christian Howes, will showcase his edgy and unexpected take on the violin, a musical fusion that includes rock, Americana, neo-soul, classical, and modern jazz at Central Washington University this Friday. 

While most classically trained violinists may excel at Mozart and Bach, few venture off the written page to explore their instruments through other facets such as jazz, rock or improvisation.

“String instruments are usually associated with classical music,” said Howes, “but many string players are now developing original, contemporary styles, allowing us to express ourselves in current, culturally relevant ways.”

Howes will perform 7:00 p.m., on October 16, at in the McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall. Tickets are $12 general admission, $7 seniors, children, and CWU Students with ID.  They can be purchased in advance, at, or at the door. Parking in CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m., except in specially designated spaces (loading, handicapped) and in residence halls parking lots.

While Howes is invited to perform around the world regularly, he has always remained committed to education and community outreach.

“I try to cultivate an appreciation for the violin and support for music education wherever I go.”  

In August 2011, Christian was nominated for the Jazz Journalists Association’s “Violinist Of The Year”. In 2012, he was voted among the top three violinists in JazzTimes’ “Expanded Critics Poll.“ Howes toured the Ukraine in June 2014 at the invitation of the US Embassy as a cultural ambassador. Howes has also been named the keynote performer and clinician at the 2015 American String Teachers Association national conference.

Media contact: Melissa Schiel, CWU Music Department, 509-963-1816,


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