Once again, the Deseret News is sponsoring the annual Salute to Youth concert. This will be the 39th year that the Deseret News is hosting this event. Twenty-seven young musicians auditioned Saturday. Of these 27, eight will go on and perform with Joseph Silverstein and the Utah Symphony.
The finalists selected are: violinists Serena McKinney, Polina Kozhevnikova and Sarah Moench; pianists Vera Usetskaya and Jessica Weiss; bassoonist P.J. Woolston; harpist Natalie Richards; and soprano Erin Palmer.Adjudicators for these auditions were three members of the Utah Symphony: Kory Katseanes, assistant conductor and violinist; Roberta Zalkind, associate principal viola; and Erich Graf, principal flute. All have judged the Salute to Youth auditions in the past.
This year's Salute to Youth concert will be Tuesday, Nov. 24, in Abravanel Hall.