CHS Orchestra director to accompany A Fine Frenzy tonight
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."