Youth Musicians Take the Stage for Solo Performances

Youth Musicians Take the Stage for Solo Performances

On December 4th, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) held its annual Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles (QCSYEs) Concerto Competition. Seven Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO) members auditioned for the chance to win one of two prizes. The Grand Prize winner will be featured in a concerto movement with the QCSO on the QCSO/QCSYEs Side-by-Side concert April 30, 2017, and the YSO Prize will perform a concerto movement accompanied by YSO on the QCSYEs Winter Festival Concert February 19, 2017.

The winner of the Grand Prize is flute player Claire Thomsen. “Having music in my life has provided me with wonderful life changing experiences, and I’m thankful for all of the encouragement and support I’ve received/am receiving from others!” says Thomsen. The Pleasant Valley High School junior is a private flute student of Crystal Duffee and has been playing for six years. She will perform the challenging and colorful first movement of Jacques Ibert’s Flute Concerto.

Ian Aplington, a senior clarinetist at Pleasant Valley High School and private clarinet student of Rob Hadesbeck, won the YSO Prize. He has played the clarinet for eight years and the saxophone for four years. In addition to playing in Pleasant Valley High School’s Band he also is a member of the Pleasant Valley Cross Country Team and Pleasant Valley Gentleman’s Club. Aplington will take the stage with the first movement of Carl Maria von Weber’s romantic Clarinet Concerto No. 2.

Tickets for either concert can be purchased online at www.qcso.org, by phone at 563-322-7276, or at the QCSO Box Office: 327 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52801.