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Young Artist Showcase Features Festival Winners Performing Vivaldi and Strauss
The Young Artist Showcase takes place Saturday, February 25, 7:30 P.M. at the Hays C.I.S.D. Performing Arts Center in Kyle, Texas, and Sunday, February 26, 4:00 P.M. at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, Dripping Springs, Texas.
The Starlight Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce the winners
of its 2006 Young Artist Festival: Timothy Carder, a 15-year-old
sophomore and Derek Surguy, a 17-year-old junior.
Both students attend Dripping Springs High School.
At the festival in
October, 2005, Mr. Carder and Mr. Surguy earned the privilege of
performing solo works with the Starlight Symphony Orchestra in concert
by competing against other students in the orchestra. The performances
will take place in February, 2006, at the Young Artist Showcase.
The concert program will celebrate the heritage of young musicians with
early works by Bach, Mozart, Arriaga, Mendelssohn, and Grieg. Mr.
Carder will perform the Violin Concerto in f minor Op. 8, No. 4,
"Winter" from The Four Seasons, by Antonio Vivaldi. Mr. Surguy, on
french horn, will perform the Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major Op.
11 by Richard Strauss (1st movement, Allegro).
Tim Carder became interested in playing the violin at age three and had
his first lesson when he was five years old. He has learned to
play primarily by the Suzuki method of Talent Education, a pedagogy for
teaching music and music performance to the very young.
Although violin is his first instrument, Mr. Carder also plays french
horn in the high school band and electric guitar for fun. He has
played with the Starlight Symphony Orchestra off and on since it began
in 2003. He currently studies violin with Wimberley teacher,
Paula E. Bird, who plays violin with the Austin Symphony Orchestra.
Derek Surguy began his study of the french horn in seventh grade under
Mr. David Parker. Within his first year, Mr. Surguy went from
rank beginner to performing in the Dripping Springs Middle School
Symphonic Band. By eighth grade he attained the honor of
acceptance into the All-Region Middle School Band. As a freshman
in high school, Mr. Surguy auditioned for his acceptance into the high
school Symphonic Band, and as a sophomore, he achieved top
ratings at the state solo competition. His tenure with the
Starlight Symphony Orchestra began in the spring of 2004.
Both winners had the support of parent musicians at home as role
models. Tim Carder's father, Darrell Carder, plays the saxophone,
and he performed in the Starlight Symphony Orchestra's holiday concerts
in December. Derek Surguy's mother, violinist Pat Surguy, is the
Starlight's concertmaster and music librarian.
In addition to showcasing the festival winners, the Starlight Symphony
Orchestra has invited advanced string students from area studios to
participate in a special performance of youth. New students will
join existing student members at the Saturday night concert to perform
Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, and they will sit in with the full
orchestra on Mozart's Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio.
The Starlight Symphony Orchestra, since its start in 2003, has had
thirty-nine junior high and high school students participate in
concerts, along with numerous college students. These students
get valuable experience in performing orchestral literature, and they
gain community service hours as volunteers for a non-profit, charitable
organization. The intermingling of students, young adults, and
adults up to senior citizens makes the experience unique and
educational for all the players by bringing generations together.
There are no fees to participate as a musician in the orchestra.
Students who play in at least two concert programs with the Starlight
Symphony Orchestra are eligible to participate in the Starlight
Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Festival, an adjudicated event
occurring each fall. Judges offer tips and comments to
participants, increasing the educational value of the event. Two
top students win the opportunity to perform as soloists with the
orchestra at the February Young Artist Showcase. Each
receives a certificate of achievement and a $500 scholarship toward
their music studies.
The Starlight Symphony Orchestra is a regional orchestra serving the
Central Texas Corridor between IH-35 and Hwy 281 from South Austin to
Blanco to San Antonio. Dr. Cina Crisara is the artistic director
and conductor. Orchestra rehearsals are in the Wimberley Junior
High School band hall on Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:00.
The Young Artist Showcase takes place Saturday, February 25, 7:30 P.M.
at the Hays C.I.S.D. Performing Arts Center in Kyle, Texas, and Sunday,
February 26, 4:00 P.M. at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit,
Dripping Springs, Texas. There is no charge for the concerts.
Donations are requested. For more information call 512.858.0324
or click here to go to the Starlight Symphony Orchestra website.
The Starlight Symphony Orchestra is a financially independent branch of
the Wimberley Players 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation. Donations