Every young musician waits for the day to perform before an audience and prove his or her talent.
For Krista Swenson, Lupita Ramos and Abby Harrison, that day is Saturday. The three young musicians will perform with the Yuba-Sutter Symphony at the Young Artist Showcase at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Yuba City.
“This is a great opportunity to see the local talent we have,” said Corey Kersting, conductor of the Yuba-Sutter Symphony.
All three artists will perform solos with the symphony: Swenson on viola, Ramos on oboe and Harrison on flute. To earn the solo position, all three had to audition for the Yuba-Sutter Oratorio Society in December.
“It’s a rare opportunity to play with the orchestra,” Kersting said.
The Yuba-Sutter Symphony will also perform a piece by Mendelssohn, as well as Strauss’ famous “Blue Danube Waltz.”
In addition to the soloists and the symphony, the Yuba-Sutter Youth Symphony, conducted by James Lohman, will also perform a piece by Brahms.
The Young Artist Showcase is a yearly event that “has been going on for many years,” said Kersting, who has conducted the Yuba-Sutter Symphony for 10 years.
“We’ve always had a good response from the community. A lot of people really enjoy seeing the talented youth in our area. … Just having high school players performing with an orchestra is quite an accomplishment.”
This year’s showcase is dedicated to the late Jane Roberts, who was a big figure in the local music scene, Kersting said. She was a member of the oratorio society for many years, in addition to being a violin and piano teacher and an advocate for young musicians long before the youth symphony was formed.
“She was a big promoter of young artists,” Kersting said.
The showcase is free, but donations will be accepted.
“This is a good opportunity to see some very talented musicians playing some high quality music,” Kersting said. “This is a great way to hear the musicians in our community and support our youths.”