Sixth grade piano prodigy to be featured in SFYS Spring Concert

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Sixth grade piano prodigy to be featured in SFYS Spring Concert

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Moana Fujiwara, a sixth grade piano prodigy from Doral Academy, will be the featured performer of the South Florida Youth Symphony’s annual Spring Concert on Mar. 10 in the Lou Rawls Auditorium at Florida Memorial University, 15800 NW 42 Ave.

The concert begins at 4 p.m.

The concert, which will feature all of the SFYS training orchestras, is dedicated to the late Dr. Dennis Kam, former University of Miami music professor and assistant conductor of the South Florida Youth Symphony. Dr. Kam died Dec. 25 at the age of 76.

Fujiwara, 12, has been playing piano for the past six years as well as playing the violin for the past nine years. She is the assistant concert master with the SFYS, the youngest in the symphony’s 54-year history. As assistant principal violinist with the SFYS, she played with the symphony in last year’s performance at Carnegie Hall in New York.

A student of Andriena Kaspar, Fujiwara is participating with the Youth Symphony as assistant concert master when they travel to Prague, Czech Republic at the end of March for the Prague Bohemian Youth Music Festival.

In addition to Fujiwara’s performance the String Consort, Symphonia Chamber Strings and Youth Symphony String section will join together to perform a special tribute, It Is Well With My Soul, to Dr. Kam, who was a strong advocate of developing young musicians. Edward Ercilla, director of the String Consort group and the instrumental music director at Doral Academy, will play the piano solo during the tribute.

Also as a tribute to Dr. Kam, the orchestra will perform one of the late professor’s compositions, titled Simply, which was first performed by the SFYS at the 30th International Youth and Music Festival in Vienna in 200l under Dr. Kam’s direction.

“All the students are very dedicated and talented, devoting their Sunday afternoons to the study of classical music, and preparing for these community concert events. This should prove to be a delightful afternoon,” said Marjorie Hahn, SFYS executive and musical director.

Now in its 54th year of training young musicians, the South Florida Youth Symphony is considered one of America’s premier youth music organizations.

Tickets to the concert are $12-$16.50, including children and senior discounts. To reserve tickets or more information, contact the SFYS at 305-238-2729.


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