May 23, 2017

Local student selected to perform with state symphony

From Redmond Proficiency Academy, 

Redmond Proficiency Academy student to perform with “MetroArts” Young Artists, Sophomore John Fawcett to play violin in showcase

The Redmond Proficiency Academy announced that one of its students has been selected to perform at the 23rd Young Artists Debut. The Van Buren Competition & Concerto Concert will be held at Portland State University on Tuesday, May 9th in Lincoln Hall in Portland, Oregon.

RPA Sophomore John Fawcett is one of the nine artists ages 12-19 who were selected from 34 semi-finalists at auditions held on January 7th at PSU. Winners will perform with Niel DePonte, Executive Artistic Director for MetroArts Inc. and an orchestra drawn from the ranks of the Oregon Symphony and Oregon Ballet Theatre's orchestras. The concert, which consists of piano, violin, and vocal solos, will be broadcast on All Classical Portland 89.9 FM and streamed worldwide.

“I feel very privileged to be picked as one of the performers for this concert,” said Fawcett.

The young artists, who will perform their concerto at the May 9th concert, participated in four months of individualized coaching sessions with DePonte. During these sessions, according to MetroArts, winners not only discussed the interpretation of their concertos, but also how to solo with an orchestra, ways to approach repertoire, and what it takes to be a professional musician.

"These are incredibly talented young people. My goal is to challenge them to move towards even higher levels of performance and interpretive depth over three months," said DePonte. "Working with these kids is the most rewarding work I do every year."

About MetroArts Inc.
MetroArts Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting life-long learning through the arts. Our mission is to teach creative and critical thinking processes through innovative arts education programs and curricula.
MetroArts mission consists of three fundamental objectives to support the ideal:
–To inspire every participant in the programs to contribute to the culture of their times by doing their life's work in a creative, artistic, joyful and disciplined manner.
–To educate about the arts of all cultures, provide insight into the process of creative thought and experiences with creativity itself. To promote access to the arts through participation, creation, and reflection for all.
–To create partnerships that enable arts education to thrive in the public schools.
For the past 23 years, we have established ourselves as a premiere arts & cultural organization carrying out our mission via several avenues including Kids Camp, the Young Artists Debut! Van Buren Competition & Concerto Concert, Summer Ensembles, and Creating Minds curricula.

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