Concert showcases young talent
The 17th annual Young Musicians Competition Showcase Concert features the finalists and winners of the competition from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Peace Lutheran Church on West Main in Grass Valley.
“We want to reward the study and excellence of young artists in our community,” says Paul Perry, Music in the Mountains Artistic Director/conductor. “Our goal is to motivate and recognize young musicians.”
The public is encouraged to attend this free concert and bring their families.
“The competition is exciting because not only do we have the more experienced musicians from high school, we also have new competitors from grades second to fourth.” says Gail Fox chair of the competition. “Some students come as far away as Truckee to compete.”
Past finalists and winners have gone on to perform with chamber ensembles and orchestras, at Carnegie Hall and even tour the world as Chamber artists, soloists and orchestral musicians. Winners gain experience in high-level competition, receive evaluations and recommendations from the judges, and learn from observing and listening to peer musicians.
The Young Musician’s Competition is a community wide program. Music students from grades 2-12 compete in several categories, from soloist to instrumental ensembles. More than 39 individual students and five ensembles are competing. Students will be performing works from the great masters throughout the ages, including works by Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn, among others. Winners will receive cash prizes awarded by Music in the Mountains, which are funded by community businesses and individual contributors.
In addition, the Jean Brooke Dunning Award will be presented to the most outstanding performance of the Young Musicians’ Competition based on the judges’ evaluation of technical prowess, musicality, and sensitivity to the musical style of the literature. The award honors Jean Brook Dunning, chair for the Young Musicians Competition for many years, served on the Board of Directors at Music in the Mountains, and was a performer/teacher throughout her life both as a pianist and as a vocalist.
For more information about the Young Musician’s Competition and other Music in the Mountains events, call 265-6173 or (800) 218-2188 or check the Web site http://www.musicinthemountains. org.
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