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Student soloists announced for Utah Symphony's Salute to Youth

By Blair Howell

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, Aug. 19 2011 12:45 a.m. MDT

The finalists for the 2011 Salute to Youth Concert at Abravanel Hall Wednesday.

Mike Terry, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — Following auditions of 107 students, 10 young musicians have been selected to showcase their budding talent as they perform on stage with the Utah Symphony.

The annual Salute to Youth competition, sponsored by the Deseret News from its inception, offers the state’s most gifted young performers the opportunity to make their solo orchestral debut. The prestigious honor follows an over 50-year-old Utah Symphony tradition begun by legendary music director Maurice Abravanel.

“Each year symphony musicians are extremely pleased to see how talented these student performers are,” said Utah Symphony | Utah Opera spokesperson Hilarie Ashton.

“One of the missions of Utah Symphony is education and encouraging a love of music,” she added. “We want to inspire young musicians to be involved with music for the rest of their lives."

The final audition of 35 students was held Monday. Beverly Hawkins, Utah Symphony’s education manager, announced the selected musicians. In addition to the Salute to Youth soloists, violinist Aubree Oliverson, Orem, was selected to perform the complete Tchakovsky Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35 at this season’s All-Star Evening concert on May 15, 2012.

The featured soloists, their instruments and the concertos from which they will perform one movement at the Sept. 27 concert at Abravanel Hall are:

Sara Noel Bauman, Salt Lake City, violin, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major;

Trenton Chang, Logan, piano, Beethoven’s Concerto No. 1, op. 15;

Anastasia Magamedova, Murray, and Kana Yoshigi, Salt Lake City, duo piano, Mozart’s Concerto in E flat major, No. 10;

Michael Marsden, Kaysville, marimba, Mayuzumi’s Concertino for xylophone;

Mariah Sam, Vernal, piano, Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2;

Elizajane Schetselaar, American Fork, violin, Vivaldi’s Spring from “Four Seasons”;

Rebekah Willey, Pleasant Grove, violin, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor;

Catherine Winters, Lindon, flute, Nielsen’s Flute Concerto;

Receiving honorable mention honors were Christopher Bradford, Ubeeng Kueq and Madison Marshall.

Adjudicating the final auditions were newly appointed Utah Symphony assistant conductor Vladimir Kulenovic, who will conduct the concert, and symphony musicians Jason Hardink, Sally Humphreys and Julianne Johnson.

Tickets to the popular concert are available at arttix.org, at ArtTix outlets or by calling 801-355-2787.

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