CHS Orchestra director to accompany A Fine Frenzy tonight

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The director of the Charlottesville High School Orchestra, a group whose students have been launched into Taylor Swift's and other internationally acclaimed bands, will find herself performing cello onstage with a popular singer-songwriter headlining a show at Old Cabell Hall: A Fine Frenzy.

"I'm so excited," says Laura Mulligan Thomas. "I've wanted to do this all my life."

Normally confining herself to the classical arena, Thomas leaves the world of note-by-note work tonight as she joins an act known for heartbroken love songs–- and the possibility of improvisation.

Thomas says she received MP4s of the six songs which she'll accompany, including "The Minnow and the Trout" and"Almost Lover," the latter an indie radio hit, just four days ago.

"It sounds like we'll be winging it," says Thomas, while driving over to the same-day rehearsal, "so that's half the fun."

A Fine Frenzy performs Tuesday, November 2 in UVA’s Old Cabell Hall at 8pm. Tickets cost $12-$24.


Thanks Laura and Fine Frenzy. Fabulous concert-beautiful vocals, lyrics, and a rocking sound, had the audience on their feet for a standing ovation. Please please come back !!!

Laura you're the bomb. I remember meeting you when you were a young cellist who'd just come to town to work at CHS. You've done so much, and still there's more. Some people are just plain extraordinary.

Way to go Laura- this should be fantastic ! Thanks for coming to Charlottesville Frenzies, can't wait to hear you play tonight.

That is awsome mrs. thomas, i wish i could go back to those days of you as my beginning orchestra intructor. I've learned so much from you, and i tell people almost everyday that i was blessed to have an awsome teacher like you.