Scottsdale Independent

Arizona’s best young musicians headline Musicfest concert at MIM

Fifteen of the state’s brightest and most-talented young musicians — including two from Scottsdale — will display their impressive virtuosity and musicianship at the 2016 Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Fall Concert 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix.

Tickets are $20.

Bobae Johnson

Students from high schools in Ahwatukee, Anthem, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix and Scottsdale will showcase their abilities on violin, viola, piano, harp, clarinet, voice and cello performing a diverse body of classical solo and ensemble works ranging from composers Debussy and Haydn to Rachmaninoff and Halvorsen.

“These young classical musicians are the best of the best representing Arizona Musicfest competition and scholarship winners,” said Executive and Producing Director Allan Naplan.

“Audiences will be astounded by their virtuosity, technique and style.”

Presented in collaboration with the MIM, the concert features the following musicians:

• Scott Allen, clarinet and bass clarinet, Mountain View High School, Mesa
• Tatiana Bee, viola, Arizona School for the Arts, Phoenix
• Hannah Butcher, harp, Perry High School, Gilbert.
• Alexander Fan, piano, Hamilton High School, Chandler
• Graham Fawson, piano, Perry High School, Gilbert
• Hannah Goldstick, violin, Primavera Online High School, Chandler
• Tamachi Goodson, cello, Arizona School for the Arts
• Emma Potter, violin, Arizona School for the Arts
• Bobae Johnson, violin, Desert Vista High School, Ahwatukee
• Chase Lee, violin, Arizona School for the Arts
• Kimberly Schneider, violin, Basis Scottsdale
• Jacob Soulliere, baritone, Boulder Creek High School, Anthem
• Barrett Yueh, flute, Desert Mountain High School, Scottsdale
• Alyssa Zhang, piano, Perry High School
• Vivian Zhao, piano, Hamilton High School

The performance is part of Arizona Musicfest’s first-ever Fall Fest, a four-concert schedule also featuring Melissa Manchester, The Lonely Heartstring Band and Mipso and The Midtown Men: The Original Cast of Broadway’s Jersey’s Boys.

The Fall Fest runs Oct. 28 through Nov. 7 in North Scottsdale.

The 26th annual Arizona Musicfest Winter Festival opens Jan. 27 with Grammy Award-winning trumpet sensation Chris Botti and runs through March 10 when Decades of Divas: From Billie and Aretha to Celine and Barbra closes the season.

In between, among the special guests are legendary multiple Grammy Award-winning Manhattan Transfer, vocal powerhouse Cantus, world renowned classical violinist Midori, Kennedy Center Honoree Mavis Staples and Grammy winner Patti Austin with The Festival Orchestra celebrating Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday.

Concerts take place at several Scottsdale venues, including Highlands Church, Fairway House at Grayhawk, Pinnacle Presbyterian Church and La Casa de Cristo Church.

For more information, visit or call 480-840-0457.