Fort Bend ISD will host its annual String Fling Concert on Thursday, February 28, beginning at 7:00 p.m., at Wheeler Field House, 16403 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land. Admission is free. The event will showcase the talents of beginning orchestra students from 12 of FBISD’s middle schools (including: Baines, Bowie, Crockett, Dulles, First Colony, Fort Settlement, Garcia, Hodges Bend, Lake Olympia, Quail Valley, Sartartia and Sugar Land).
This year’s guest performer will be renowned, professional violinist, Crystal Plohman-Wiegman. Raised in the Suzuki String Method program, Crystal followed in her father’s footsteps as a champion Canadian fiddler. She is the only person to place as a Top-4 Finalist in the Canadian and American Grand Masters Championships, as well as the Canadian Open Fiddling Championships.
After successfully competing for 15 years across Canada and the U.S., Crystal moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1994 after an invitation to be Mark O’Connor’s assistant in his fiddle program at Vanderbilt University. She later served as Director of the Fiddling program and created the International Fiddle School.
She has worked with Chet Atkins and other country greats and has performed in several countries including Ireland, Japan, and China. Crystal is most widely known for her work with children and teachers in her clinic program, “Connecting the Strings,” which has been presented at hundreds of schools and educator conferences across the country.
Come and support the efforts of these talented young musicians from Fort Bend ISD’s string orchestra programs as they perform with renowned violinist and fiddler, Crystal Plohman-Wiegman.