World-Renowned Violinist to Perform at UCC
World-renowned violinist Alex DePue to perform with Umpqua Chamber Orchestra and Umpqua Singers.
ROSEBURG, Oregon – The Umpqua Community College (UCC) Performing and Visual Arts Department presents Alex DePue in concert on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m., in Centerstage Theatre of the Whipple Fine Arts Center on the main UCC Campus. DePue, a world-renowned violinist, will perform with the Umpqua Chamber Orchestra and Umpqua Singers, performing a wide variety of musical styles ranging from classical to rock.
DePue began studying classical violin at age 5. He won his first university-level competition at age 10, and later (age 14) won a competition that entitled him to perform at Carnegie Hall as Concertmaster for the National Guild Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has continued to win competitions and appear as a guest soloist with orchestras and at festivals worldwide.
Despite his classical training, Alex became interested in fiddling at age seven and began competing in “fiddle” contests. Alex served as a judge at the National Oldtime Fiddling Championship (Weiser, ID) in 2008 and in 2010 and 2011, he won first place in the Twin Fiddle division while ranking among the Top 10 finalists in the Grand National Championship division. Alex toured as Musical Director/Fiddler with Capitol Recording artist Chris Cagle from 2000-2006, with whom he still regularly appears (re-runs) on the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Television, Great American Country, and VH1 Country.
In 2007, Mr. DePue joined legendary rock guitarist Steve Vai for a world tour that took him across North America, South America, and Europe. In 2010, “Steve Vai: Where the WILD THINGS Are” (a live concert music-movie co-featuring DePue) was released on DVD. It was nominated for a Grammy (Best Rock Instrumental) at the 52nd annual awards and received a Gold Record (award issued to each band/cast member) from the Recording Industry Association of America in recognition of “Gold” sales status in both the U.S. and Canada (platinum award in Canada).
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Nestled in the beautiful North Umpqua River Valley, Umpqua Community College is the regional center for higher education in Douglas County, Oregon. UCC provides high quality college degree programs, workforce development, and community learning opportunities.
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