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Music 'pretty much her life,'
says Carnegie Hall-bound violist
By Matt Stone

September 24, 2005

The mix of old and new has not always gone well. In many cases, it has been a downright disaster. 60 international musicians are preparing to take their crack at breaking this stereotype.

The Red Bull Artsehcro (orchestra, spelled backwards) unites the top collegiate musicians with DJ Radar, a turntable specialist, for one memorable performance of “Concerto for Turntable” Oct. 2 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The show features viola instrumentalist Holly Fulton, a former student at Corona del Sol High School who now attends Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y. Fulton, 19, has been playing viola for 9 years, as well as dabbling in singing, piano and composition.

“Music is pretty much my life,” said Holly.

Holly made the most of her time at Corona, jumping into every musical program she could.

“I did the choir program for all four years, orchestra for all four years,” said Holly, “I was basically involved whenever I could.”

Working her way through auditions in Boston and New York, along with 300 other applicants, Fulton found herself selected for her contemporary style.

“They were looking for someone who has a new take on music, someone willing to step out of the box,” said Holly, “I’m ecstatic for people to think I’m unique as a musician,”

The three-movement performance is one night only and represents the culmination of two days of intense rehearsal. Rehearsals, says Holly, were one of the most enjoyable experiences during her time at Corona as well.

“Hanging out backstage, rehearsals, talking to my friends,” said Holly--“the craziness and fun altogether.”

The show is unlike anything Holly has been a part of before. “Excited,” she says, is the only way to describe her take on being a part of the revolutionary show.

“I’m really excited to have that hip hop culture mixed with the classic culture,” said Holly.

The show’s writing drew from four talented composers: Alex Halpern, Laura Karpman, DJ Radar and Raul Yanez.

Given the baton for this event was Constantine Kitsopoulos, who will direct Holly and the other 59 musicians for their performance.
With the modern and the classic coming together in unison, it should make the production one to be remembered.

For more information on the event, visit

Photo by Ellie Applen, Red Bull


























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