GAMBIER — The Knox County Symphony, conducted by Dr. Benjamin Locke, will present its annual Winter Concert on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. in Rosse Hall Auditorium on the Kenyon College campus in Gambier.
This concert is bookended with “pirated” music — namely, Arthur Sullivan’s overture to the operetta “The Pirates of Penzance,” and Klaus Badelt’s theme music for the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean.” In between, the concert features the winners of the Young Musicians Competition held in October. The winners this year are Isaac Che, piano, Daniel Pastor, piano, James Finley, viola, and Leah Dunbar, marimba.
Isaac Che (First Place, High School Division) is a homeschooled senior from Mount Vernon and has studied piano for six years. While living in Pittsburgh, Isaac studied under Dr. Marina Lupinacci and is currently studying with Dr. JoAnn Koh-Baker. In 2014, he was named a WQED Classical Music Station Musical Kid and a winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Young Artist Competition. He will be performing the first movement of Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major.”
Daniel Pastor (Second Place, High School Division) is a first-year student at Mount Vernon High School. He has studied primarily with Janet Thompson-Edge since the third grade and has performed recitals on both piano and violin. He has performed solos as part of middle school talent shows, and for the past two summers he has taken violin lessons from David Edge. He will be playing “Finale for Piano and Orchestra” by Brent Edstrom.
James Finley (Second Place, College Division) has played the violin for 14 years and the viola for two years under the tutelage of Margaret Wright at the Levine School in Northwest Washington, D.C. He served as principal violist of his high school orchestra and was one of the top four violists in the Maryland All-State Orchestra. He is currently the student of Vanessa Ripley at Kenyon. He will be playing “Rapsodie” by Ernest Bloch.
Leah Dunbar (First Place, College Division) is a sophomore music major at Kenyon and hails from Hillsboro, New Hampshire. She started piano lessons at age 8 from Barbara Daley and joined band as a percussionist soon afterwards. She discovered the marimba during her first year of high school and instantly fell in love with the instrument’s perfect combination of piano and percussion. At Kenyon, Dunbar is a member of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Percussion Ensemble. She currently studies percussion with Cary Dachtyl. She will be playing “Sugaria” by Eric Sammut.
The Young Musicians Competition is co-sponsored by the Psi Iota Xi Sorority. The sorority will also be providing a Valentine’s Day reception following the concert.
Tickets are available at the door, or by calling Sarah Goslee Reed at 740-392-4955.