Lexington Porter to Perform in Holiday Extravaganza
"Porter's Jazz Café is named in honor of jazz musicians Art Porter Sr. and son Art Porter Jr., so it is befitting that someone from the great Porter lineage should grace the stage," said co-owner Marcell Dean. "We are fortunate to have the musical legacy continue with Lexington "Lex" Porter who is the grandson and nephew of Art Porter, Sr. and Jr., respectively."
A senior at North East School of Arts in San Antonio, Lex inherited the "gift" of music at early age, picking up his first violin in third grade. While much of his raw talent and love of music is genetic- his father, Reginald Porter is a drummer - Lex has also been classically trained for eight years.
Lex wowed local audiences with incredible performances in August during Art Porter Music Education Inc.'s (APME) "A Work of ART" scholarship fundraiser, performing alongside national recording artist and composer Alex Bugnon. He was also the opening act for Lalah Hathaway that same week.
Lexington has been a member of the world-class Youth Orchestra of San Antonio (YOSA) since 2005 – so dynamic that as a 9th grader, he was selected to participate in YOSA's Capriccio Orchestra as Concertmaster – 1st Violin. He joined YOSA's Symphony Orchestra in 10th grade and YOSA's Philharmonic Orchestra in 11th and 12th grade. He has performed with the San Antonio Orchestra and in numerous Broadway musical productions in San Antonio.
A rising star, Lex's distinctions include two Silver Medals for classical and contemporary violin solos in the Act-So Competition and the title of "Top Teen of America," 10th through 12th grade. In June 2010, he traveled to China with YOSA: Philharmonic, performing in Beijing, Shenzen, Hangzhou, Shanghai (World's Expo) and Hong Kong (with Hong Kong Youth Orchestra).
This past June, he was accepted at the Eastern US Music Camp at Colgate University in Hampton, New York, where he was Concertmaster/first chair violin; Symphony Orchestra and Violin soloist for the Jazz band – the only violinist in band. Lexington's performance November 23, along with that of an all-star band of local musicians, will usher in the Thanksgiving season with a night of music and celebration.