NC News 10/28 (extra)
St. Mary’s Performance Series presentsProminent PianistsHere is an opportunity for anyone who appreciates high caliber live piano performances by incredibly talented advanced youth pianists. Five young pianists from the front range will perform selections from Mozart, Haydn, Chopin, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Ligeti, and Liszt at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 29 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Rifle.Tammy Lee, Shine-Shine Lao, Jeffery Lee, Colin Barnett-Hart, and Rebecca Wu are all under 17 years old and are students of Larry Graham, who teaches in Boulder. Mr. Graham has won the prestigious international Queen Elizabeth Concourse in Brussels. He has taught advanced levels of study at the University of Colorado at Boulder, maintains a private studio, and is in high demand as a concert artist in the United States and abroad.Colin Barnett-Hart is 14 and lives in Superior, Colorado. He is a ninth grader at Fairview High School and has been playing the piano since he was four years old. He has won numerous awards including first place in the 2003 State Music Teachers’ National Association (MTNA) Competition for Colorado, first place in the Wells Music/Yamaha Piano Competition of Denver, and made his first solo appearance with the National Repertory Orchestra as part of the Breckenridge Music Festival in July of 2000. In 2001, Colin was a finalist in the Bernard Shaak Memorial “Excellence in Youth” Piano Festival. He won first in his category and also won the Press Jury Award. He won second place in Division II of the First Plymouth Competition and placed third in the Boulder Philharmonic 2002 Young Soloist Competition. Colin was a guest soloist in October of 2002 with the Valley Symphony in Montrose and won first place in his division at the Lee Piano Competition at Augustana College in South Dakota in June of 2004.Jeffrey Lee is 16 years old and has been playing the piano for almost 11 years. In 2001, Jeffrey won first place in the Advanced Competitive Division II Yamaha Piano Competition, which gave him the opportunity to perform as the guest soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge. That same year, he won first place in the upper elementary division of the 2001 Maurice S. Thomas Memorial Piano competition. He has won top awards at the 48th National Young Artist competition, the 2003 and 2004 Yamaha Piano competitions, as well as the MTNA. He has also won first place in the Colorado State Music Teacher’s Association (CSMTA) Piano Concerto Competition, which gave him another opportunity to perform with a live orchestra. He has performed twice with the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra, a sacred chamber group on the front range.Tammy Lee is a sophomore at Fairview High School in Boulder and has been studying the piano since the age of five. She has won first place in the CSMTA solo piano competition for levels I and II, placed as alternate in the CSMTA Piano Concerto Competition in 2004, and won third place at the Yamaha Piano Competition Division III in 2004.Rebecca Wu is a senior at Fairview High School and has been studying with Larry Graham and Crystal Lee since the age of nine. She was a finalist for the Ft. Collins senior concerto competition in 2004, a soloist with the Loveland Chamber Orchestra. She was the Ft. Collins Junior Concerto Competition winner in 2003, Yamaha Senior Level winner in 2002, CSMTA Senior Level winner in 2001 and performed with their orchestra, Bernard Shaak winner in 2001, a soloist in the Littleton Orchestra in 2000, the runner-up in the Boulder Philharmonic Concerto Competition in 2000, and winner of the Colorado State MTNA in 1999.Linda Colby of New Castle’s Academy of Western Slope Musicians and St. Mary’s accompanist and concert series promoter, has put this concert together. Her teaching studio was located adjacent to Graham’s when she taught music in different capacities at CU since 1980. She will be the Master of Ceremonies and introduce the pianists during the concert.During the concert’s intermission, the guest pianists will circulate and converse with audience members.”It’s going to be cool seeing people my age playing pieces this difficult,” said John Komula, who is 14 years old and has been Colby’s student for two years.Admission is $10/adults; $8/seniors and children under 12. For more information or to reserve tickets, please call Colby at 984-0419.
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