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Four young, local musicians showcased their stuff at the Music at the Mansion event Friday at the Hegeler Carus Mansion in La Salle.
The performers were first runners-up and honorable mentions from the 2013 Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra Young Performers Competition that was Jan. 5 at La Salle-Peru High School’s Matthiessen Auditorium for students in grades 6-12. Each student got a chance to publicly showcase their performance in front of a live audience.
“They play a lot freer here than the competition,” said Sue Gillio, competition coordinator for the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra.
Students who preformed included Joannah Cisneros, flute; Rachel Haas, flute; Ryan Jensen, piano and Hannah Bressner, flute.
Cisneros, a seventh grader from Holy Family School in Oglesby, was an honorable mention from the junior division and played “Papillon” by Koehler.
Haas, an eighth-grader from Dimmick Grade School in La Salle, was first runner-up in the junior division and played Concerto in G Major, first movement by Stamitz. Jensen, a junior at Princeton High School, was an honorable mention in the senior division and played Impromptu, Op 90, No. 4 by Schubert. Bressner, a senior at Streator Township High School, was first runner-up in the senior division and played “Fantaisie” by Hue.
“They worked so hard and performance is a valuable part of the learning process,” said Gillio about the night.
These performers along with the two winners, Lydia Johnson, a home-schooled high school senior from Ottawa and first in the senior division, and Faith Sommer, a seventh-grader from John F. Kennedy Jr. High School in Spring Valley and first in the junior division, will perform at two more concerts on March 1 with Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra.
More than 2,000 local students will attend the concerts at JFK and L-P. The two winners also will be featured with the IVSO at a concert March 9 at L-P. About 22 local students participated in this year’s contest and performed in front of a panel of judges. Gillio said this year most of the students were flute, piano and violin performers and judges were selected with expertise in these areas.
Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2013
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Bright shining gems sparkling in the dark. The beauty and harmony of the music in contrast to the tired decaying walls is quite the contrast. Real and honest. Is the whole concert somewhere? Please give the link if it is. Thanks.
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