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Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony Final Concert to Showcase Youth

RELEASED: May 13, 2008

Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony logoEAU CLAIRE — The Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony will perform its final concert of the season at 4 p.m. May 18 in Gantner Hall in the Haas Fine Arts Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The free concert will feature the winners of the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, the student conductor competition and a student composed piece. In addition, the UW-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble will be guest artists.

The concert will feature classical works, contemporary and jazz pieces.

"This concert will be a crowd pleaser," said Eugene Power, the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony music director. "We have something for everyone."

Kate Van de Loo, winner of the concerto competition, will be featured on the piano playing Beethoven's "Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Movement III."

Van de Loo, 15, has been a member of the youth symphony for the past three years. She is a ninth-grader enrolled in the Kolbe Academy Home School. Van de Loo has participated in the WMTA piano competition for the past eight years and was the winner of that competition in 2005 and 2006 and runner-up in 2004 and 2007. Van de Loo was a finalist in the Kristo Orthodontics Young Artist Competition this year. She also plays harp in the youth symphony and this year was selected as a harpist for the State Honors Orchestra.

"Pirates Seas" written by Alex Dwyer, 15, will be premiered at this concert. Dwyer is a ninth-grader at Oak-Land Junior High in Stillwater, Minn., playing piano, cello and violin. Dwyer, who started composing music in third grade when he attended Minnesota Youth Symphonies music composition camp, has written more than 400 compositions. Dwyer has had one piece performed by Oak-Land school orchestra.

Aimee Lace, a member of the youth symphony, will conduct "The William Tell Overture." Lace plays the oboe in the youth symphony and is currently a 10th-grade student at Memorial High School in Eau Claire.

"The youth symphony enjoys having one of its peers conduct; it provides a new experience," Power said.

In addition to showcasing the individual student talent, the youth symphony will play with the UW-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble. The Jazz Ensemble will be featured during "Open Me First" by John Clayton.

The Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony is made possible through a partnership with UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extension.

Donations to the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony will be accepted at the door.

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