KMSB "Fox-11 Forum" Sunday, 5/2/10, 7:30 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews Shawn Campbell, Dir. Dir. of Education & Community Projects, Illona Vukovic Gay, Young Composers Project instructor, Sara Page, Jonathan Wintringham, Young Artists Participant,and Ben Nead, Young Composer Project winner, Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

Each year, top students from the annual young artists competition and young composers project perform in a “celebrate the future” concert.  This year’s free concert is Friday, May 7 at the Tucson Music Hall. 

Page, a University High School sophomore, is a cellist who began playing when she was 7 years old, after hearing a symphony performance for the first time. She says she will perform “Hungarian Rhapsody” by David Popper.  Wintringham is a U of A student who plays saxophone and plans to head to Japan upon graduation. He says he will  perform the “Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra” by Henri Fredien Tomasi. Nead is an 8th grader at Miles Exploratory Learning Center.  He says he also plays the cello and enjoys playing as much as composing. Nead’s composition is called “Viaggio.” 

Campbell says TSO’s Young Artists Competition continues to draw many fine young musicians from throughout Arizona, grade school through college age. She says 60 musicians in three age divisions participated this year. Gay says TSO’s Young Composers Project provides a “living laboratory” for elementary through high school aged students to learn to compose music for orchestra. She says it is unique in its comprehensive program content, and because the professional orchestra will perform student compositions.