Youth performers shine during community concert

Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival concert series continues through May 10

From strings and other musical performances to dance, speech and dramatic arts, young artists have been getting a sense of where they are in their development, through being adjudicated by judges as part of the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival. The festival hosted its first community concert on Thursday and runs through May 10. Courtesy Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival

Up-and-coming performers in a wide range of classes have put their skills to the test for adjudicators over the past month during the annual Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival.

Thursday night saw some of the highest adjudicated artists – both solo and in ensembles – in the brass, classical guitar and woodwinds disciplines perform for a large and appreciative audience at the University of Victoria’s Philip T. Young Recital Hall, during the festival’s inaugural free Community Concert.

Along the way there were 10 performances of original compositions by highly talented youth, including a four-year-old musician. And there’s still many more highlights to come, with six more public performances of classical and contemporary music and dance remaining in the concert series.

Saturday (May 4) sees Junior Piano and Junior Strings performers back at the Young hall starting at 2:30 p.m., while Classical Voice and Musical Theatre are highlighted in a 7:30 p.m. show there. Part of the evening show will feature the 80th awarding of the Ethel James Rose Bowl trophy, to the outstanding senior singer, who also becomes nominated to compete in the National Class at the provincial festival later this month in Chilliwack.

On Monday, the School Dance category is in the spotlight at the Farquhar Auditorium at UVic, followed by Fiddle and Ethnic Dance on Tuesday and Intermediate and Senior Strings on Wednesday, both in the Young hall. All performances get underway at 7 p.m.

The grand finale happens next Friday, May 10, as the Roberto and Mary Wood Scholarship Concert takes over the Young hall, also starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets to all performances are available at the door; only cash or cheques are accepted. To find other information on the concert series, visit GVPAF.com/concerts, email festival@gvpaf.org or call 250-386-9223.



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