This year, Cherokee Symphony lovers will enjoy performances by:
Scott Arens is the son of Thomas and Terri Arens and is originally from Yankton, South Dakota. He is currently a junior piano performance major studying under Dr. Susan Keith Gray at the University of South Dakota. While at USD, Scott has had the opportunity to work in master-class settings with internationally renowned pianists Emanuele Arciuli, Anastasia Dedik, Gloria Chuang, and Andrew von Oeyen. Last summer, he was also invited to serve as a staff accompanist at the International Performing Arts Institute for Opera and Musical Theater held in Kiefersfelden, Germany. Scott thoroughly enjoys working as a collaborative pianist and has worked as musical director/rehearsal accompanist in numerous musical theater productions, including Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, Pippin, West Side Story, Seussical the Musical, Fiddler on the Roof, The Rocky Horror Show, and Singin' in the Rain.
Kiern Cullen, age 16, has been playing flute since fifth grade. As a middle school student, he tried out for several honor bands and made first chair in every one, including the All-Iowa eighth grade honor band. He tried for the Iowa High School All-State Music Festival as a freshman and sophomore year. He is currently studying under instructor Barbara Wells. In addition to playing flute in the Storm Lake High School band, Kieran plays violin in the school's orchestra and a bari sax in the jazz band. He has received many outstanding soloist awards in both middle school and high school. He also plays flute in his church. Kieran's other interests include running, swimming, bike riding, and hanging out with his twin brother Tom. Kieran wants to play music in college and beyond.
Christine will perform Dmitri Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 Op 102 1st Movement . Allegro.
Christine has only been formally studding piano for about six years, but she had been familiar with it long before because of her families encouragement for music. In 2003, she won first place for talent in the Miss Pre-teen Nebraska with a piece that she performed on the piano. In 2005 Christine won the title of KVNO Classical Kid for October. She was also a finalist in the OMTA Young Artists' Competition in 2006 and 2007. In 2007, she placed first in the Junior Virtuoso division in the Nebraska Summer Music Olympics at UNO. She also performed in the Spire Celebration of keyboard Arts for two years. In school, Christine has participated in band and has an avid love for show choir. She imagines music, especially piano, will be a big part of her life as she enters college and beyond.
Please come enjoy these performances as The Cherokee Symphony ends the 2008-2009 season on Sunday, April 19 at 4 PM at the recently renovated Cherokee Community Center.
Tickets at the door are $10.00. Season tickets will be honored. Children through high school are admitted free.