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"Violinist for a new generation” will bring music – and hope – to audiences for a worthy cause

Lee England, Jr., the young virtuoso violinist once described as “the Michael Jordan of the Violin” by none other than Michael Jordan himself, has announced Houston as the first stop of an exciting new concert series.

England, who rose from a humble beginning as a six-year-old learning to play the violin to being signed by Quincy Jones to starring in his own Super Bowl commercial, is presenting the Lee England Jr. Evolution Experience Concert, a strings concert on Saturday, March 9, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Shepherd School of Music on the Rice University campus.

The event will be a stirring performance produced by England, who will be accompanied by talented Houston string players and vocalists. This concert will include a fusion of classical and modern works with musical influences from various genres of music.

Houston earned a special place in England’s heart after a concert he performed here while on hiatus from working with Ben Vereen in New York. He cemented his ties with Houston when – as brand ambassador for the legendary Michael Jordan and “NBA man of entertainment” – he also performed during the recent celebrity-server dinner for the Chris Paul Family Foundation. Chris Paul and England share a common goal and passion to use their talents to improve the lives of area youths and give back to the community. As an example, England will donate a portion of his concert proceeds to the foundation that serves local Houston youth.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities for this concert are available; visit or email for more information.

About Lee England, Jr.

England has made it his life’s work to open the world of music to as many people as possible. He has been called “the Soul Violinist” due to his stylistic blend of R&B, hip-hop, and soul, and has even been referred to by the legendary Quincy Jones as “a remarkable talent that comes by very rarely, creating original and unique music straight from his soul.” In addition to his mastery of this instrument, he adds viola, cello, bass, guitar, drums, piano, and voice to his arsenal of sound, allowing him to transcend artistic boundaries of traditional violinists.

England and his music break through numerous barriers, as evidenced by his performance history that refuses to be pigeonholed into any one genre or demographic. He has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and also performed with John Legend at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles for an audience that included George Lucas, Elton John, and Lady Gaga. Additionally, he has produced, composed, and starred in several BET Channel commercials, performed halftime shows in 26 NBA arenas, and composed the music for and starred in a Super Bowl XLVII commercial. He has also appeared in several WWE showcases, including the NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II, an episode of WWE SmackDown Live, and at SummerSlam.


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