Winter Concert Series - February 21, 22 & 23, 2014

Esther Platt


Friday, February 21, 7:30 p.m.
Parkway Christian Center, Grants Pass

Saturday, February 22, 7:30 p.m.
Craterian Theater at the Collier Center, Medford

Sunday, February 23, 3:00 p.m.
Southern Oregon University
Music Recital Hall, Ashland

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Youth Symphony

Piotr I. Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4 (mvts. 2 & 4)
Aram Khachaturian, Violin Concerto
Esther Aviana Platt, Soloist

Youth Orchestra

Antonin Dvorak (arr. Leidig), New World Symphony (mvt. 4)
Piotr I. Tchaikovsky (arr. Tomlinson), Marche Slave, op. 31
Reinhold Gliere (arr. Erante), Russian Sailor's Dance

Youth Strings

G.F. Handel, Theme from Water Music
Franz Schubert, Little Waltz in G
Ludwig van Beethoven, Allegretto (from the Moonlight Sonata)

Esther Aviana Platt, Soloist
2013 Concerto Competition Winner

Violinist Esther Aviana Platt, Ashland home school student and Concertmaster of Youth Symphony, has participated in the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon (YSSO) organization since 2005. In addition to her involvement in the YSSO, Esther is a member of Siskiyou Violins and has played in the Rogue Valley Symphony for three concert seasons. She participated in the 2012 Britt Festivals Institute and in master classes led by several professional ensembles, including the Emerson Quartet. Recently, Esther was selected to participate in the 2014 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. She studies privately with Faina Podolnaya.

One of the winners of the 2013 Concerto Competition, Esther will be the featured soloist in the Winter Concert Series performances in February 2014. When asked about Khachaturian's Violin Concerto Esther shared, “The piece is full of traditional Armenian melodies [set] in a modern musical style that makes the [work] unique. In some of the slow parts I even feel as though I am hearing an Armenian Duduk (an oboe-like instrument).”