Local young musicians to perform tonight

PORT ANGELES — Young artists participating in the Port Angeles Symphony Summer Strings Workshop will perform at 7 tonight.

The concert will be at First Presbyterian Church, 139 W. Eighth St. Admission will be free.

For the first time here, a select group of local teenagers are partaking in a music workshop and public concert with Carnegie Mellon University educator Monique Mead — all free.

The public is invited to the concert, which will feature timely excerpts from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” along with the tango piece “Por una Cabeza” from the movie “Scent of a Woman.”

The young artists will also offer short virtuoso pieces on harp and Chopin’s Impromptu No. 1 on piano.

“If you love music and seeing dynamic young talents, come,” said Mead, who traveled from Pittsburgh to lead the three-day workshop before the performance.

Her student performers are violinists Adam Weller, Shinia Kildall, Angelina Sprague, Meiqi Liang and Marley Cochran, violist Lauren Waldron and cellist Evan Cobb, all of Port Angeles.

The Summer Strings Workshop is free for the students thanks to a Gould Family Foundation grant and a $2,000 anonymous donation from a local supporter of classical music.

Mead, who has come here four times before as a guest soloist with the Port Angeles Symphony, is cofounder of the Center for Arts Innovation at the Carnegie Mellon School of Music.

During the workshop, which began Wednesday, symphony cellist Traci Winters Tyson and Roughrider Orchestra director James Ray taught beside Mead.

Mead’s son Tino Cardenas, 13 — a pianist and harpsichordist — will play in tonight’s concert’s Vivaldi and tango pieces.

Mead’s harpist daughter Isabel Cardenas, 15, also is participating.

She will borrow the instrument belonging to Darlene Whitney, the Port Angeles harpist and longtime symphony volunteer.

The restored harp is Whitney’s inheritance from her aunt Eugenia Kuhnle, who was a member of the Detroit Symphony.

Chuck Whitney, Darlene’s husband and the Port Angeles Symphony board treasurer, orchestrated the Summer Strings Workshop. He and Jonathan Pasternack, conductor of the Port Angeles Symphony, applied for the Gould grant months ago.

For information about the Summer Strings Workshop and other Port Angeles Symphony education programs and concerts, visit portangeles symphony.org/, email [email protected] or call 360-457-5579.

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