Young musicians from the Wasatch Front and beyond converged on Abravanel Hall Tuesday afternoon to audition for a spot on the Utah Symphony's Salute to Youth concert in September.

A total of 39 young artists played for a panel of four judges. When it was over, six were chosen to take part in next month's concert.

Performing in September will be violinist Shenae Anderson, 10, Draper; violinist Deborah Ferry, 17, Corinne; pianist Jim Lu, 13, Orem; pianist Michael Stewart, 18, West Valley City; double bassist Alexander Willey, 18, Pleasant Grove, and flutist Catherine Winters, 12, Lindon.

Of the 39 students who auditioned Tuesday, eight qualified from the Utah Symphony Youth Guild recital auditions held last spring; 27 qualified from the state fair music competition and four qualified from both the youth guild and the state fair.

Judging the auditions were Jeff Bram, vice president of artistic operations for the Utah Symphony; Paul Dorgan, professor of vocal studies at the University of Utah, and Joseph Evans and Kevin Shumway, violinist and cellist, respectively, with the Utah Symphony.

The Salute to Youth concert is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Sponsored by the Deseret News, the concert honors the state's brightest musical youth by giving them the opportunity to perform a movement from a concerto, or, in the case of Anderson and Lu, a complete work, with the Utah Symphony.

Many local musicians, including several current and former members of the Utah Symphony, have been soloists at these concerts over the years.

This year, the concert will take place on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. in Abravanel Hall. Music director Keith Lockhart will conduct.

Tickets for the concert are $12-$21; $8 for students. All seats are reserved. Tickets are available at all ArtTix outlets and also by calling 355-2787 or 888-451-2787. They also can be purchased online at utahsymphony.org.


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