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A Celebration of Youth!
GAMAC will present A Celebration of Youth on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 7:30pm in the Rainey Fine Arts Center on the campus of Anderson University. Featuring the GAMAC Orchestra and Children’s Chorus with student musicians from our local high schools, the evening will showcase the incredibly talented young musicians of our area. A special highlight of the evening will be a performance by pianist Maria Parrini, winner of the 2014 Bernhardt House of Violins Concerto Competition, with the GAMAC Orchestra.
An Anderson tradition for 23 years, GAMAC’s annual Celebration of Youth concert will begin with high school instrumentalists representing orchestra programs from Anderson, Pickens and Oconee county schools performing “side-by-side” with the professional musicians of the GAMAC Orchestra in performances of Franz von Suppe’s Poet and Peasant and Richard Wagner’s Rienzi Overture. “The object of this experience is to give these young musicians the opportunity to experience a professional level of performance excellence at an age in which we hope they will become inspired to further develop their performance skills as they move on from high school,” said Alex Spainhour, conductor of the GAMAC Orchestra. “The students rehearse independently for the first few rehearsals, and then they begin working with the Orchestra. They find themselves sitting next to a professional player at that first joint rehearsal and when they play those first two notes it’s an ‘A-HA!’ kind of moment! The sound is incredibly mature and it creates a wonderful mentorship between the professional and aspiring musicians,” he said.
The evening will conclude with a performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 16 by Maria Parrini, winner of the 2014 Bernhardt House of Violins Concerto Competition. A native of Greenville, SC, she is a senior at Wade Hampton High School and the Greenville Fine Arts Center. She has studied piano since the age of three with her parents, pianists Sherry and Fabio Parrini. A seasoned performer at the age of 16, Maria has performed with the Carolina Youth Symphony and was one of four first-prize winners of the Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition at the Brevard Music Center which awarded her a performance of the first movement of the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra under the direction of David Stewart Wiley. Additional credits include participation in the Southeastern Piano Festival and the Philadelphia International Music Festival, through which she studied with Marina Lomazov, Charles Fugo and Hugh Sung. In addition to her work as a pianist, she has also studied cello. She is passionate about spreading music in her community and regularly teaches strings to students at the Frazee Dream Center in downtown Greenville.
Tickets to A Celebration of Youth are available by calling the GAMAC office at (864) 231-6147. Prices range from $15-$20 for adults and $7-10 for students. This event is made possible with generous sponsorship from AnMed Health Systems, Blue Ridge Security Systems, Inc., Bernhardt House of Violins, Piedmont Automotive, Anderson Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center, LLC, Mrs. Margaret C. Herndon, Mr. Bob Williams and The late Bob Klatt. Funding is also provided in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives funding in part from the National Endowment for the Arts.