Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra Presents Two Young Competition Winners

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Two young competition winners will be featured on the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra’s final concert of the season, Sunday, May 17, at 2 p.m. at the Valley Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Names University in Oakland, Music Director Michael Morgan and Principal Conductor Omid Zoufonoun have announced.

The orchestra will perform the world premiere of Ascension by composer Preston Nowakowski, winner of its first annual composer competition.

Cellist Alex Hunn, winner of the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition will perform David Popper’s Hungarian Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra, Josef Suk’s Scherzo Fantastique, Op. 25, and Brahms’ First Symphony to complete the program.

The concert is free of charge and the Valley Center for the Performing Arts is located on the campus of Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd. in Oakland.

“The Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra has always presented the Bay Area’s top young artists,” says Principal Conductor Omid Zoufonoun. “This season we have added a Young Composer Competition to our many programs to shine a light on some of the creative peers of our gifted orchestra musicians and make direct connections between young artists who write music and those who interpret it.”

Preston Nowakowski is a composer from Pleasanton. He currently attends California State University, Northridge.

Alex Hunn is a senior in the IB Program at Modesto High School in Modesto. He began playing the cello at the age of four under the tutelage of his mother, cellist Jana Hunn.

For more information, visit www.oebs.org.

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