Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Concert Announces Line-Up for 10/30

Fifteen of the state's brightest and most-talented young musicians will display their impressive virtuosity and remarkable musicianship at the 2016 Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Fall Concert on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Tickets are $20.

Students from high schools in Ahwatukee, Anthem, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix and Scottsdale will showcase their abilities on violin, viola, piano, harp, clarinet, voice and cello performing a diverse body of classical solo and ensemble works ranging from composers Debussy and Haydn to Rachmaninoff and Halvorsen.

"These young classical musicians are the best of the best representing Arizona Musicfest competition and scholarship winners," said Executive and Producing Director Allan Naplan. "Audiences will be astounded by their virtuosity, technique and style."

Presented in collaboration with the MIM, the concert features the following musicians:

Scott Allen, clarinet and bass clarinet, Mountain View High School, Mesa

• Tatiana Bee, viola, Arizona School for the Arts, Phoenix

• Hannah Butcher, harp, Perry High School, Gilbert.

• Alexander Fan, piano, Hamilton High School, Chandler

• Graham Fawson, piano, Perry High School, Gilbert

• Hannah Goldstick, violin, Primavera Online High School, Chandler

• Tamachi Goodson, cello, Arizona School for the Arts

• Emma Potter, violin, Arizona School for the Arts

• Bobae Johnson, violin, Desert Vista High School, Ahwatukee

• Chase Lee, violin, Arizona School for the Arts

• Kimberly Schneider, violin, Basis Scottsdale

• Jacob Soulliere, baritone, Boulder Creek High School, Anthem

• Barrett Yueh, flute, Desert Mountain High School, Scottsdale

• Alyssa Zhang, piano, Perry High School

• Vivian Zhao, piano, Hamilton High School

The performance is part of Arizona Musicfest's first-ever Fall Fest, a four-concert schedule also featuring Melissa Manchester, The Lonely Heartstring Band and Mipso and The Midtown Men: The Original Cast of Broadway's Jersey's Boys. The Fall Fest runs from Oct. 28 through Nov. 7 in North Scottsdale.

The 26th annual Arizona Musicfest Winter Festival opens Jan. 27 with Grammy Award-winning trumpet sensation Chris Botti and runs through March 10 when Decades of Divas: From Billie and Aretha to Celine and Barbra closes the season. In between, among the special guests are legendary multiple Grammy Award-winning Manhattan Transfer, vocal powerhouseCantus, world renowned classical violinist Midori, Kennedy Center Honoree Mavis Staples and Grammy winner Patti Austin with The Festival Orchestra celebrating Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday.

Featuring a range of musical genres from classical, jazz, bluegrass, Broadway, pop and folk as well as tributes to legendary acts, Arizona Musicfest's full Winter Festival line-up includes:

Chris Botti (Festival Headliner), Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Highlands Church. Tickets: $34 to $82.

• Young Musicians Winter Concert, Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. at Musical Instrument Museum. Tickets: $20.

• Mirage: Visions of Fleetwood Mac, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Highlands Church. Tickets: $24 to $67.

• Nicole Pesce (Arizona Spotlight Artist), Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Fairway House at Grayhawk, 8620 E. Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale. Tickets: $52.

• The Manhattan Transfer, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Highlands Church. Tickets: $34-$76.

• Cantus, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Musical Instrument Museum. Tickets: $49 and $59.

• A Band Called Honalee: The '60s of Peter, Paul and Mary, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Highlands Church. Tickets: $24-$67.

• Kruger Brothers bluegrass trio & Kontras Quartet classical string ensemble, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $24-$67.

• A Broadway Romance, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Highlands Church. Tickets: $24 to $67.

• Bob Moody & Friends with Broadway's Telly Leung, Feb. 16 at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. at Fairway House at Grayhawk. Tickets: $59.

• Festival Orchestra Chamber Players: Bach, Mozart & Stravinsky, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church. Tickets: $47 and $67.

• Beethoven's "Triple" Concerto and Saint Saens' "Organ" Symphony, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at La Casa de Cristo Church, 6300 E. Bell Road. Tickets: $24-$76.

• Midori (Featured Artist) with The Festival Orchestra, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at La Casa de Cristo Church. Tickets: $45 to $100.

• Ella at 100: The Centennial Celebration featuring Patti Austin with The Festival Orchestra, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Highlands Church. Tickets: $24 to $76.

• "Italian" Symphony & Opera: Pagliacci in Concert Featuring Stars of the Metropolitan Opera, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m.at La Casa de Cristo Church. Tickets: $24 to $76.

• We've Only Just Begun: The Carpenters Remembered, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Highlands Church. Tickets: $24 to $67.

Mavis Staples (Musicfest Legend), March 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Highlands Church. Tickets: $34 to $76.

• Decades of Divas: From Billie and Aretha to Celine and Barbra, Friday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Highlands Church. Tickets: $24 to $67.

For more information, visit www.azmusicfest.org or call (480) 840-0457.

About Arizona Musicfest: Founded in 1991, Arizona Musicfest, a non-profit arts organization based in North Scottsdale, produces an annual concert festival as well as important music education and youth performance opportunities for children throughout the Greater Phoenix area. With a commitment to presenting world-class artists in accessible and convenient locations, each season the Festival showcases the acclaimed Arizona Musicfest Festival Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Robert Moody featuring players from the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony, the National Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera, and other top US orchestras. The Festival Orchestra is in residency for one week during the annual Festival.

Arizona Musicfest's extensive music education and youth performance programs touch approximately 6,000 children each year. Along with the organization's many in-school programs presented free of charge to five local school districts, over the last three years, Arizona Musicfest has also provided over $30,000 in free instruments to area schools and has contributed over $50,000 in college scholarships to local Valley teens pursuing collegiate degrees in music performance.

Arizona Musicfest's five Young Musician Competitions (piano, voice, solo instruments, chamber ensembles and composers) and the related Young Musician Performance Series annually attract some of the brightest young stars from throughout the Valley. For more information, visit www.azmusicfest.org.

Photo Credit: Bobae Johnson



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