Eight young Utah musicians have been chosen to solo with the Utah Symphony in an event co-sponsored by the Deseret News - the 38th annual "Salute to Youth" concert Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Abravanel Hall.
The featured artists are:- Mana Kinikini - pianist, 14, of Salt Lake City. Mana, a ninth-grader at Logan High School, was first-place winner in the 1996 Utah Valley Young Keyboard Artists Competition. He studies with Gary Amano and Ralph van der Beek.
- Ryan P. Van Liere - bassoonist, 17, Magna. A student of Roger Hicks, Ryan plays in the American West Symphony, Salt Lake Symphony and Granite Youth Symphony. He is a senior at Cyprus High.
- Maria Watkins - harpist, 17, of Kaysville. Senior class president at Davis High, Maria is a student of Shru DeLi Ownbey. She has twice been a finalist in the American Harp Society Competition and in 1994 performed a concerto in the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, under the auspices of the Suzuki Pan Pacific Conference. She was a finalist this year in the Kingsville International Competition.
- Adam Nielsen - pianist, 15, of Layton. Adam was a finalist in the 1997 Junior Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition and was second-prize winner in the 1997 Utah Symphony Guild Competitions. He also took top prizes in the 1996 and 1997 USU Piano Festival Competitions. Adam is a junior at Northridge High and a piano student of Gary Amano.
- Aaron McClaskey - pianist, 22, Logan. Aaron garnered third place in the Junior Gina Bachauer International Competition and first place in the Music Teacher's National Association Yamaha Northwest Regional Competition. He is a junior at Utah State University, where he is majoring in piano performance and studying piano with Gary Amano.
- Laura Viola Ferry - violinist, 12, Corinne. A seventh-grader at Adele C. Young Intermediate School in Brigham City, Laura soloed with the Utah Symphony this past May as a result of her first-place win in the 1996 Utah Symphony Guild Competition. She is a member of the Youth Camerata Orchestra and also performs string music with her siblings and is an accomplished pianist. Her teacher is Deborah Moench.
- Crystal Shields - flutist, 21, Orem. Crystal has appeared as a soloist with the BYU Chamber Orchestra, BYU Wind Symphony and the Utah Valley Symphony. She was the state winner of the Music Teacher's National Association Woodwind Collegiate Artist Competition in 1995, and won national honor as a Yamaha Young Performing Artist in 1996. A senior music major at Brigham Young University, she is a student of Elizabeth Ruppe.
- Catherine Brower - pianist, 20, Logan. This is the second "Salute to Youth" appearance for Catherine, who was previously featured in 1993. She also performed in Abravanel Hall in 1995 as a winner of the Utah State University Concerto Competition. She won the Utah Music Teacher's Association Piano Competition (collegiate division) in both 1995 and 1996, and won second place in the Junior Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in 1996. She is a senior in piano performance at Utah State University where she studies with Gary Amano.
The eight youthful performers were chosen by Joseph Silverstein and Kory Katseanes from selected Utah State Fair music competition winners in auditions at Abravanel Hall on Sept. 27.
Silverstein will conduct the Nov. 25 concert, which will include music of Mozart, von Weber, Debussy, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Kabalevsky and Nielsen.
Starting time is at 7 p.m. with ticket prices $8, $10, $12 and $14. Tickets are also available as part of the Utah Symphony's Family Series. Families can attend the "Halloween Hijinks" concert on Oct. 27; the "Salute to Youth" on Nov. 25; "The Exciting World of Music and Dance" (featuring Repertory Dance Theatre) on Feb. 9 and "Sights and Sounds of Nature" (with photochoreographer James Westwater) on April 6. These four concerts are available to families for a subscription price of $90.