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Rising Stars of Tomorrow

Rising Stars of Tomorrow

04/25/2015   7:30 pm

Centennial Performing Arts Center

Presented by Idaho Power and Dunkley Music

Get ready to be wowed as the winners of our Young Artists Competition perform as soloists with the symphony. A favorite each year with our audience, the concert features outstanding young musicians from southwestern Idaho playing selections that both inspire and entertain.

This year’s soloists are senior division winners ABRIE CHURCH, piano, performing Mendelssohn Concerto in G minor, Op. 25, third movement; and ELIZABETH LEE, violin, performing Glazunov Concerto in A minor, Op. 82, first and second movements. Our junior division winner, ANTHONY LUO, piano, will Mozart Concerto No. 12 in A minor, first movement. Read more about our soloists below.

Several wonderful orchestral works also are on the program, including Tchaikovsky’s Marche Slave, Marche Militaire Francaise by Saint-Saens and Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 3 for Strings by Respighi.

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Mix and Mingle with our Musicians and Conductor Jim Ogle after the performance! Kona Grill, 9:30 PM
Tickets $15

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abrie churchPianist Abrie Church, 16, is a 10th grader from Horseshoe Bend and is homeschooled. Her parents are Robert and Amy Church.  She will perform Mendelssohn Concerto in G minor, Op. 25 Third Movement. In addition to the piano, Abrie also plays the violin and is a member of the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. She hopes to someday be a concert pianist or a college professor of music.

Abrie currently studies piano with David Tacher. Her first teacher was Pamela Wilcher and she also has studied with  Robyn Wells and Del Parkinson. Some her recent piano achievements are: 1st place in the MTNA Idaho State Piano Competition (junior) in 2011 and 2013, Honorable Mention for Regional MTNA Piano Competition and 1st place 2013 Sonatina/Sonata Festival level 15.

 What do you enjoy about making music?  Making music serves more than one purpose for me.  It can cheer people up and allow them to forget about their busy lives even if it is for a short time.  Most of all, I love making music, because it allows me to bring honor and glory to God by working diligently to bless others through my music, just as God has blessed me.

 Tell us a little about the piece you’ll be playing and why you chose it. It was composed by Felix Mendelssohn, an early Romantic Composer.  In my interpretation, the main character is very lighthearted, fun and quite showy.  I chose this piece because it is very fun to play and listen to.


Pianist Anthony Luo, 14, is an 8th grader at Lowell Scott Middle School and Treasure Valley Math and Science Center and the son of Shijian Luo and Yuhong Ji . He will perform Mozart Concerto No. 12 in A minor,  First Movement. Anthony has played the piano for 9 years and the violin for 5 years. He studies piano with Kay So. Anthony has won first and second place in multiple Sonata/Sonatina competitions and is assluo photoistant concert master in the Junior High Honor Orchestra.

Anthony hopes to someday major in either computer science or electrical engineering in college. He is a big fan of technology, especially in the PC Enthusiast market.

What do you enjoy about making music? I enjoy listening to the melodies along with the rapid parts of technical areas which I enjoy. Music is a good way to relax and to have fun, and it helps in other areas such as typing.

Tell us about the piece you’re playing and why you chose it. I am playing Mozart’s Concerto No. 12, which Mozart himself described as “a happy medium between what is too easy and too difficult.” I chose this piece for its sections of elegance and simplicity, along with its sections of deep and robust melodies. There are also parts which involve scale passages up and down, which I highly enjoy and this piece also has many unique and beautiful melodies. This piece has a good balance of technique and phrasing, which makes it a ideal piece to be performed.


Violinist Elizabeth Lee, 16, is a sophomore at Boise High School and the daughter of Phil and Cara LeeFull size lee. She will perform Glazunov Concerto in A minor, Op. 82, first and second movements . She has played the violin for 9 years and studies with Craig Purdy.

Elizabeth performs with the Boise High sophomore orchestra, Boise High chamber orchestra and Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Other honors are All Northwest Orchestra 2015; principal second violin of IMEA All State Orchestra 2014; 2nd place in Idaho State Solo competition 2014; and honorable mention in MTNA competition 2014

When she’s not making music, Elizabeth enjoys reading and taekwondo. She plans on going to college someday, but isn’t sure yet what she’ll study.

What do you enjoy about making music? I love bringing music to people, especially if they aren’t very familiar with classical music or the pieces I play; it makes me feel accomplished when I perform a piece I’ve been working on for a long time.

Tell us about the piece you’re performing and why you chose it. The Glazunov concerto is the only concerto he wrote for the violin. It also has a unique structure in which there are no breaks/defined movements; rather, it is a continuous one-movement piece without any pauses. I like it for the lyrical tones and the beautiful, elongated melodies, especially those that occur on the G string. I love G string melodies 🙂


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