Much as the world’s top athletic talents performed at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, the region’s award-winning young musicians will perform Saturday, April 19, in Godfrey at the Alton Symphony Orchestra’s 33rd annual Marie Stillwell Young Artists’ Concert.
Four musicians ages 10 through 17 will perform in the contest bearing the name of the late philanthropist and Alton Symphony board member. Stillwell developed the program in 1981 to recognize exceptional instrumental performance of classical music while recognizing young talent in the bi-state region.
ASO Board President Jerre Honke said every year the selected performers – chosen from a great many who compete in the November contest – never cease to wow audiences.
“The experience of performing a concerto with the Alton Symphony Orchestra is not only a privilege for our young artists every spring, it is also a privilege for our players and audience members who get to hear and appreciate them,” Honke said. “We’re continually amazed by the talent and poise of these exceptional, dedicated young musicians.”
Performing solo artists include first-place winner and violinist Julia Son, 17, second-place winner and fellow violinist Hava Polinsky, 14, and third-place winner Jonathan Lin, 16, a pianist.
Pianist Hannah Li, 10, is the 2014 Deborah L. Fox Guild Award winner. The award is named in memory of longtime Young Artists’ competition organizer, board member and flutist Debbie Fox. Honke said the Guild Award is given to only one musician each year; competitors must be 12 or younger to be eligible for this particular honor.
Solo works to be performed by these artists feature movements of the great violin concertos composed by Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky, ASO Music Director and Conductor Wm. Shane Williams said.
“The evening will be filled with some of the most exciting, up-and-coming musicians of our day,” Williams said. “Also on our program is Haydn’s ‘Piano Concerto in D Major’ and Liszt’s well-known ‘Hungarian Fantasy’ for piano and orchestra. It is a tremendous opportunity for these young artists to have the special privilege of performing with a full orchestra. I truly enjoy helping contribute to the professional development of these outstanding young musicians,” he added.
The concert is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, April 19, in Hatheway Hall on the campus of Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Road.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors age 62 and up. Children attend for free.
For information on the concert, call (618) 463-6933 or visit the ASO website, www.altonsymphony.org. Tickets are available at Halpin Music and at the door.