Tucson Symphony’s “Celebrate the Future” concert spotlights young artists

Posted on: May 9, 2014

In Thursday’s (5/8) Arizona Daily Star, Cathalena R. Burch previews Friday’s “Celebrate the Future” concert by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Pianist Rebecca Shiao, a senior at Catalina-Foothills High School, will be featured along with two other local students who “snagged top honors in the TSO’s annual Young Artists Competition”: fourth grader Hannah Lee, a pianist, and percussionist Trevor Barroero from the University of Arizona. “In addition to cash prizes, the winners earned the opportunity to perform with the TSO. This is the first time in four years that the orchestra has hosted ‘Celebrate the Future.’ The concert was put on the backburner after the 2010 event due to budget constraints, said Shawn Campbell, the TSO’s vice president of artistic engagement and education, and a longtime player in the horn section.… The concert was resurrected this year with the financial support of Adrienne Knoll, in memory of her late husband, Bob.” Also featured in Friday’s concert will be original compositions by members of the orchestra’s Young Composers Project: Anthony Constantino, a junior at New York’s Manhattan School of Music, and two local school students, Angelese Pepper and Ben Nead.   

Posted May 9, 2014

Pictured: Ben Nead, 17, discusses details of a composition with Richard Danielpour during a Tucson Symphony Orchestra Young Composer class.  Photo courtesy Tucson Symphony Orchestra