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Stepping Out

Local youth perform Sunday with Palo Alto Philharmonic

The Palo Alto Philharmonic Association is scheduled to host its annual Family Concert 3 p.m. Sunday at Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

The five winners of this year’s Concerto Movement Competition will perform as soloists with the Palo Alto Philharmonic.

Musicians of high school age or younger were eligible to participate in the Concerto Movement Competition. After a preliminary screening of applicants’ recorded performances, the finalists auditioned before a panel of judges. This year’s winners all attend Peninsula schools. Following is a list of winners and their concert solo pieces.

• Elena Ariza, 14, a freshman at Menlo School, has studied cello for 10 years. She is a student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She won first place in five different solo competitions in 2012. She and her friends performed at charity concerts around the Bay Area last year, raising more than $12,000 for victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Ariza will play the Sinfonia Concertante (Op. 125), second movement, by Prokofiev.

• Alex Chien, 14, is a freshman at Bellarmine College Preparatory. He has studied piano since he was 4 years old. Among his recent awards are first place in both the 2012 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition and the 2013 Marian Filice Piano Competition. He has been a soloist with many Bay Area orchestras, including the Peninsula Symphony, the Fremont Symphony Orchestra and the California Youth Symphony. He will perform the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 in D minor (Op. 30).

• Songyi Chun, 17, a senior at St. Francis High School, began her cello studies at age 9. She has performed as a soloist with the El Camino Youth Symphony and has won multiple competitions, including the Peninsula Orchestra Young Artist Solo Competition and the Korean Times Youth Music Competition. She will play “Schelomo” by Ernest Bloch.

• Jeremy Tai, 14, studied cello for seven years at the San Francisco Conservatory. He is a freshman at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino. He won first place in 2012 at both the Music Teachers’ National Association Performance Competition and the American Fine Arts Festival International Concerto Competition. When he was 10, the Junior Bach Festival in Berkeley selected him to perform Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3. Tai will play the first movement of Dvorak’s Concerto for Cello in B minor (Op. 104).

• Alex Zhou, 11, a sixth-grader at The King’s Academy in Sunnyvale, has studied violin for the past five years. He won first place last year at both the California Youth Symphony Concerto Competition and the Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition in Italy. He has appeared on the National Public Radio show “From the Top.” Zhou will play “Havanaise” by Camille Saint-Saëns.

For tickets ($5-$10) and more information, visit www.paphil.org/family.php.

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