Future Stars Shine Bright!

GAMAC will present Future Stars Shine Bright on Friday, March 27, 2015 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 violinist Paul Aguilar, winner of the 2015 Bernhardt House of Violins Concerto Competition, with the GAMAC Orchestra.

With music education as a cornerstone of GAMAC’s mission for 24 years, Future Stars Shine Bright 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 Jacque Ibert’s Divertissement, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major and Ottorino Respighi’s beloved Pines of Rome. “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.

A highlight of the night will be performances by the GAMAC Children’s Chorus under the director of Dr. Bob Heritage. Founded in 2013 from the combined Girl Choir and Boychoir ensembles, the mission of the Children’s Chorus is to teach children in grades 3-8+ to achieve high artistic and personal standards through choral music singing and performance. In addition to teaching proper vocal technique and music literacy, the ensemble fosters friendship, confidence, self-discipline and character. Performances during the night will include John Rutter’s Give Me Wings, the Gounod arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Ave Maria and Brazilian folk tune, A moda da Garranchinha among others.

The evening will conclude with a performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor by violinist Paul Aguilar, winner of the 2015 Bernhardt House of Violins Concerto Competition. An alumni of the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC, Paul began studying violin at age 5. He has won numerous competitions including the Carolinas Chamber Music Competition, the Clemson Concerto Competition and the USC Quartet Competition. He has served as concertmaster of the SC Upstate Region and SC Honors All-State Orchestras. He has had the honor of participating in the New York Strings Orchestra Seminar and has toured with the National Youth Orchestra.

Tickets to Future Stars Shine Bright are available by calling the GAMAC office at (864) 231-6147. Prices are $20 for adults and $10 for students. This event is made possible with generous sponsorship from AnMed Health Systems, Blue Ridge Security Systems, Inc., Bernhardt House of Violins, Dr. & Mrs. Jonathan Jennings, Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Gurley and Mrs. Judy Darby. Funding is also provided in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives funding in part from the National Endowment for the Arts.