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Aaron Meyer wants to rock Park Academy

Local violinist to perform rock-infused classics at nonprofit LO school

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Dance to some rock-infused holiday tunes with violinist Aaron Meyer on Dec. 2 at Park Academy.Music lovers can enjoy an evening next month with a violinist with 39 years of experience who turned his stringed instrument into a tool for rock ‘n’ roll after playing with Portland’s genre-crossing “little orchestra,” Pink Martini, in the mid-1990s.

“I’ve always loved classic rock and combining the music of the 60s and the 70s with world music and classical and creating your own style,” rock violinist Aaron Meyer told The Review.

This Friday, Meyer — who started playing at age 5 — is headed to Park Academy in Lake Oswego for a Holiday Rock Concert, with special guest singer/songwriter Melody Federer. Several students from Park Academy — a private, nonprofit school for children with dyslexia and other language-learning challenges — also will be singing with Meyer and Federer.

Selections will include “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Deck the Halls” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Some of the arrangements may be a little different than usual, though. For example, “Do You Hear What I Hear?” starts out basically like you’d think.

“Then we kick into an Indian raga groove that starts to speed up, and then gets very wild and frantic, and next thing you know, we’re playing ‘Baba O’Riley’ by The Who,” Meyer says.

Meyer, who counts Park Academy founder Piper Park as friend, has performed at Park Academy (though not for a holiday concert) and other schools before, and he says he loves working with the kids, the staff and Park herself.

“I like to share my talent with people who I know that are also doing good things, like Piper,” Meyer says. “She’s very generous with her time, and she helps the school tremendously.”

The event will be held at 7 p.m. this Friday at Park Academy, 1915 South Shore Blvd., Lake Oswego. General admission tickets start at $50. For more information, visit parkacademy.org or call 503-594-8800.

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