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‘The fiery fiddler’ will play benefit for LPO

They call him "the fiery fiddler."

He's performed for the king of Malaysia, the princess of Thailand and government ambassadors from Japan and Saudi Arabia.

His music has echoed through concert halls in Taipei, New York, Beijing, Singapore and Oklahoma City.

Kyle Dillingham's music has taken him around the world, to over 30 different countries, earning him the title of "Oklahoma's Musical Ambassador."

"He's quite the guy," said Patty Neuwirth, executive director of the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra.

March 10 will mark the second time the orchestra has brought Dillingham to Lawton for a concert.

"The people that heard him last time he was here are just crazy to have him back," Neuwirth said. "His performance is so high energy." 

Dillingham's star has only brightened since his last visit to Lawton. He has since played with the likes of Charlie Daniels, Roy Clark and the Oak Ridge Boys. 

"He started playing violin when he was 9, and then he went on to college where he graduated from (Oklahoma City University) with a degree in musical performance," Neuwirth said. "He does a lot of charitable work too."

Dillingham received the Oklahoma Governor's Arts Award in 2009 and has been the recipient of a number of other awards.

In addition, Dillingham serves as the Musical Ambassador in Residence at the University of Central Oklahoma, where he has helped develop and strengthen new overseas partnerships for the university.

Dillingham will be performing with Horseshoe Road, the band he founded in 2005 with Brad Benge, Dustin Jones and Pat Payne. 

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