The Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra (AlphaSO) presented their “Solos of Spring” concert featuring finalists from their Youth Concerto Competition on March 9, 2019 at the Crabapple First Baptist Church in Milton.
Ava Crook (harpist), Aria Posner (cellist), Rachel McClellan (violinist), and Rebekah Willard (violinist), finalists from the Youth Concerto Competition hosted by the Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra this past November, performed as soloists with the orchestra. Music selections included Claude Debussy’s “Danses for Strings and Harp – Danse Sacree,” Antonin Dvorak’s “Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 – Allegro,” Felix Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 – Allegro molto appassionato,” and Johannes Brahm’s
“Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 – Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace.” The soloists received standing ovations.
Violinist Rebekah Willard’s stunning performance of Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major was so intense a string popped off of her instrument while playing. Dr. Eric Hawk invited her to come back to the stage with a replaced string to repeat the portion of her music where the string had broken, treating the audience to her spectacular playing one final time.
"These young artists have dedicated so much of their energy to making quality music,” said Dr. Eric Hawk, director. “The AlphaSO has never been more excited to perform with these winners. The repertoire selections have a sense of simplicity, yet the musical challenges have been some of our greatest. We look forward to this annual event!" All four soloists were Georgia middle or high school students. Their impressive bios can be found here.