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Rising Stars

04/30/2016   7:30 pm

Morrison Center

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We celebrate the 10th anniversary of our annual Young Artists Competition with a special one-time performance in the acoustically superb Morrison Center.

Program highlights include Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” Mozart’s “Divertimento for Strings,” and winners of the Young Artists Competition performing solos with the orchestra.

This is the first time in the Meridian Symphony’s 26-year history that it has performed at the Morrison Center. The one-time concert was made possible through a grant from the Morrison Center Endowment Foundation.

More than 200 talented young musicians in southwest Idaho have competed in the symphony’s Young Artist Competition over the past decade. This year, Anna Black, senior division winner, will perform the Sibelius Violin Concerto, first movement. She is a junior at Eagle High School. Flutist Fernando Perez, junior division winner, will perform “Ballade” by Reinecke. Perez is an 8th grader at South Junior High School.

Wendy Hartman, former longtime orchestra director at Boise High School and North Junior High, is the guest conductor for the Mozart piece. Also on the program is Reineke’s “Celebration Fanfare.”

Single tickets are $15.50 adults and $11.50 seniors/students/military at the door or in advance at Season ticket holders can pick up tickets at a “Will Call” table prior to the performance.

Meet our 2016 Young Artists Winners

Anna-Black-(2)Anna Kathleen Black, 17, will perform Sibelius’ “Violin Concerto,” first movement.  She is a junior at Eagle High School and the daughter of Chad and Jennifer Black. She currently studies violin with Craig Purdy. She previously studied with TawnaLyn Mangelson.

“This is the only concerto Sibelius wrote. He wrote it partly as a bittersweet farewell to his dream of being a virtuoso violinist. I chose it because it has such a large spectrum of emotion and technique. It communicates so many different feelings–it’s a concerto that makes it really easy to feel,” Anna wrote when asked to describe the piece.

Anna has played the violin for 10 years. She started out on the piano at age 4, but switched to the violin at 7. “I love everything about it–it’s the best way that I know to communicate,” she says. She also sings with the choir at Eagle High.
Anna was selected to be part of the 2016 National Youth Orchestra, performing this summer in New York and Europe. She has represented Idaho three times in the regional MTNA solo competition. In 2015, she participated in the Brandenburg Project, where which performed all six of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti in Chicago and Cleveland She is concertmaster of the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and performed with Meridian Symphony in 2014 as a Young Artist winner.

When she isn’t making music, Anna likes to lift weights, watch Netflix, text with friends, and eat delicious food. Looking ahead, she hopes to pursue a career as an orchestral musician and also play chamber music for as long as she can.

YAC FernandoFernando Antonio Perez, 15 will perform Carl Reineke’s “Ballade” for flute and orchestra. He is an 8th grader at South Junior High and the son of Brigida Casas and Fernando Perez. Fernando has played the flute for 3 ½ years, and studies with Karlin Coolidge.

“I picked ‘Ballade’ because it shows the different ranges of style, from being emotional to a dance-like spirit. This piece speaks to me” he said.

Fernando also plays the piccolo in the Junior High Honor Orchestra. “I genuinely love the flute; I can get my voice out of this instrument and turn a piece of music sheet into a story or something colorful from the inside-out.  It’s much more than getting the notes right.”

Fernando has received several awards and earned “superior” ratings in competitions. He has also performed in “From The Top.” He is grateful for “life-changing” scholarship support  for private lessons from a local young musicians fund.

When he’s not practicing or making music, Fernando enjoys sports activities, including tennis, cross country, and track . He hopes to someday pursue a career as a concert flutist. Fernando is loves traveling, learning astronomy and, according to his parents, does not come from a musically inclined family.

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