The Cherokee Symphony held auditions on February 28th at the Community Center to select the soloists who will play with the Symphony at its April 19th "Young Artists Concert."
Judges for the auditions were Cherokee Symphony conductor Lee Thorson and Dr. Ed Lanning, both of Storm Lake. Symphony Board members Roxy Fudge, Doug Pierson, Charis Peterson, and Donna Hicks organized and offered support to ensure a successful event, and refreshments were served to an appreciative audience.
The following three outstanding soloists were selected to perform with the Symphony:
Scott Arens, from Yankton, S.D., a junior at the University of South Dakota, who played Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor for his audition piece.
Kieran Cullen, from Storm Lake, a sophomore at Storm Lake High School, and his instructor is Barbara Wells. Cullen played Mozart's Concerto in G Major for Flute for his audition.
Christine Nguyen of La Vista, Nebraska, a junior at Papillon-La Vista High School. Her instructor is Teresa Heil, and Nguyen played Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2 for her audition.
These three student soloists will be a major part of a varied and exciting Symphony Program on Sunday April 19 at 4 p.m. at the Cherokee Community Center.
The Young Artist's Concert will mark the final performance of the 2008-09 season for the Cherokee Symphony, so reserve the date.