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17-year-old violinist to perform Vivaldi Concerto in A Minor

Marice Doll
Special to the Post Independent

One conductor observed that “Lora Meredith was practically born into the symphony,” while Meredith says simply, “I learned to read music the same year I learned to read.”

Meredith is performing Vivaldi’s Concerto in A Minor when Symphony in the Valley presents its Mother’s Day Spring Concerts this Saturday and Sunday.

The 17 years of Meredith’s life have been filled with music, from the piano lessons begun at age 5 to violin at age 7. Meredith’s mother, Margie, plays the piano and trombone, and her father, Paige, plays the accordion and harmonica. Her younger sister, Molly, is learning the violin and piano.

Although classically trained by Mary Carlson on the violin and Anita Graybar on the piano, Meredith says, “As a family, we jam a lot.” Her family loves ragtime and can often be heard ripping through “Alexander’s Ragtime Band.”

“The piano sits in the living room. It’s just there, so I often just sit down and mess with it,” said Meredith.

“Messing” with the piano has earned success for Meredith. At age 13, she played the Bach Double from the movie, “Music from the Heart,” with her sister, in a Children’s Performance at Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House. The same repertoire won the Kiwanis Stars of Tomorrow Talent Show and, in summer 2001, Meredith won a piano scholarship to the Aspen Music School and Festival.

Meredith can also be heard playing the piano for Sunday services at the Church at Redstone.

She lives in Redstone on the family’s 100-acre ranch. After graduation this year from Alpine Christian Academy in Basalt, where she is expected to be a co-valedictorian, Meredith is heading to the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley where she plans to major in English and minor in music education in piano.

Meredith credits the Symphony in the Valley for giving her such “good exposure to the different types of music and musicians. There are those who are in the symphony because they’re professionals, and those who are nonprofessionals, but are there just for the love of music.”

Symphony in the Valley is a 60-member, nonprofit, volunteer community orchestra organized in 1993. The symphony performs a variety of classical and popular music and supports the study of music by local youths.

WHO

Symphony in the Valley, under the direction of Wendy Larson

WHAT

The annual Mother’s Day Spring Concert

WHEN, WHERE

7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Aspen District Theater; 2 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium

HOW MUCH

$10 adults, $5 for ages 3-18. Tickets are sold at the door. For more information, contact Marice Doll, 970-947-1389.


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