The Meridian Symphony will present “Rising Stars” on April 22, featuring Shostakovich’s Festive Overture and other selections, plus winners of its Young Artists Competition performing solos with the orchestra.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at the Centennial High School Performing Arts Center, 12400 W. McMillan Road.

Tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for seniors/students/military and $4 for children at, at ticket outlets listed on the website and at the door.

About 20 young musicians from southwest Idaho competed in this year’s Young Artists Competition. The winners include:

n Christian Nielsen, 13, performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat Major

n Julia Caven, 16, performing the first movement of Bloch’s Suite Hébraique for Viola and Orchestra

n Anthony Luo, 16, performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor

n Minjun Kwak, 14, performing Ibert’s Concertina da Camera for alto saxophone with piano accompanist, Jerry Jensen.

Also on the program is Walton’s Crown Imperial March and Ticheli’s An American Elegy, composed in honor of those who lost their lives at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, and to honor the survivors.

The Meridian Symphony is under the direction of artistic director and conductor Jim Ogle. The guest conductor for the concert’s opening piece, Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, is Marcellus Brown.

The Meridian Symphony is a 70-member auditioned orchestra dedicated to enriching the cultural life of its community and region by providing quality entertainment in a family friendly, educationally focused environment. The all-volunteer symphony will conclude it 2016-17 season with a free outdoor concert at Kleiner Park in Meridian on June 10. Find out more at


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