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MARCH 4, 2010

David Klinkenberg performs March 11 at final Community Concert of the season

   Don’t miss the final performance of the Clearwater Community Concert 2010 season Thursday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. It’s bound to bring a smile to your face and joy to your ears.

   Violin virtuoso David Klinkenberg “spreads joy” using an eclectic selection of songs to take his listeners on a musical and spiritual journey. David mixes classical and contemporary playing styles in an effective blend of string virtuosity and flawless fiddlin’ to inspire and amaze his audiences.

   This emerging musical master started making ripples early. At the age of four, a violin was placed in his small hands. He could barely hold the instrument. But after a couple of lessons, at the insistence of his parents, his small fingers found their place and his bow found its groove. And just a few weeks later little David was standing on a Chicago stage sending a packed festival audience into orbit.

   The boy’s violin lessons quickly turned from mere practice into serious rehearsals. Experimenting with how much friction it takes to vibrate a string to life, Klinkenberg’s bow explored the universe of sound. Those practiced, ever-stronger vibrations began to move the surrounding air, forming fresh frequencies - moving melodies. And those new sounds opened up for him all of Creation.

   “My earliest memories were being on stage, playing for little events, weddings, churches,” Klinkenberg thinks back. “I grew up playing mostly worship music, and that influences everything about how you play.” With this now seasoned musician, creating a relationship between the atmosphere and the audience is the key. “I understand that carefully crafting the music is important, and you have to be true to yourself. But if you want to be a musician that means you must have a relationship with your fans, and hopefully help them build better relationships with their Creator…It’s all about relationship.”

   A Klinkenberg concert is an event that spans the musical spectrum. From the classical to the kooky, David’s fiddle (as he likes to call it) generates a melodic mixed of inspiration, with a healthy dose of levity. “(In concert) the focus is not on the fiddle or making people think how great you are, but rather on creating an environment where they can forget the world and focus on worship... I want my shows to be a place where families can come and have fun and meet people in a spirit-filled environment.”

   When David and his fiddle step out onto a stage, every row of the concert hall should be fitted with seatbelts, for this performer takes you on a ride. And that same transforming atmosphere is present in his recording, as well. “Surprisingly, parents AND their children have responded to my CDs more than I ever thought they would... At concerts parents often come up to me with bloodshot eyes asking for another album; (due to) the constant almost obsessive listening habits of their four or five year olds... I’m starting to think my CDs should come with a free happy meal toy.”

   From his featured performances with platinum recording artist Mark Schultz, to his recent Christmas tour opening for internationally renowned pianist Jim Brickman, David Klinkenberg’s diversity is undeniable. He is virtuoso violinist with a rare gift: he can stir the air, and change the atmosphere. Members should remember to bring their tickets for admittance to the concert. Doors open at 7 p.m. at the Orofino High School.