The lights are down, curtains drawn; people are squirming in their seats in anticipation of a blaring rock concert. Four figures walk out on stage, and the spotlights are turned on full blast, illuminating the faces of Eric Gorfain, Daphne Chen, Lauren Chipman and Richard Dodd.
Microphones – check.
Blitz and glam – check.
Violins, viola and cello – check.
Whoa, wait a minute. What?
That’s right. Those four people are the Section Quartet, a unique, classical string group that plays pop and rock music, and they’re performing at Fairmont on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. The performance will begin in the Fairmont Auditorium at 7 p.m.; tickets are $10 at the door.
The atmosphere during one of their performances is electric and rowdy; people are on their feet clapping, cheering and singing along to the songs they know.
Among the songs the Section Quartet has recorded are Time is Running Out by Muse and Another One Bites the Dust by Queen. Using acoustic instruments hooked up to mikes and plugged into giant speakers, the group creates an aura of excitement through bows and strings. The foursome has recorded with some popular groups, including the Foo Fighters, Kelly Clarkson, Maroon 5, Kanye West, the Goo Goo Dolls and Christina Aguilera.
Fairmont Orchestra Director Richard Wright knows the members of the Section Quartet personally. He says they’re very down-to-earth, and they absolutely love young people. In fact, Wright says the musicians wish that they could’ve taught, but didn’t think that they would be able to do it, despite the fact that they’ve all been college-trained in their instruments. Instead, they hope to impact students lives by their tour to Fairmont High School.
The group consists of Gorfain and Chen, who play violin; Chipman, who plays the viola; and Dodd, the cellist. Gorfain and Dodd are the founding members of the group, and the other two were introduced into it a little while later. All four are session musicians, which means that they go in as individual musicians and play for other bands, such as the cello in One Republic’s Secrets. The Section Quartet is something they do for fun because they enjoy it.
Wright said members of Fairmont’s Philharmonia and Symphony orchestras will perform a couple of songs with the Section Quartet at the Tuesday concert. For more information on the Section Quartet concert, call the Music Office at 499-2647.