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Sonora Bach Festival With Youth Concert

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 10/08/2017
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location
Church of the 49ers

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The Sonora Bach Festival presents the opening concert of their four-event series October 8, 2017 at 3:00. The Concert, featuring talented, local youth ages 4-18, will be held at the historic Church of the 49ers in Columbia, CA. Local resident and recent San Francisco State Music Graduate, Will Kiel, classical guitarist, will be the featured guest artist. Tickets are $5 with those younger than 18 admitted free, and are available at the festival website Sonorabach.org, at the door, or by calling the festival at 209 536-6330.

The Sonora Bach Festival will be presenting the first of its four October events featuring young musicians from the Central Mother Lode in a youth concert of talented young people playing the music of Bach his son C.P.E. Bach, Alessandro Scarlatti, Giovanni Pergolesi and others. All the student performers went through an audition process, which included a recommendation by their private teacher and a live audition in front of three judges with written comments from each. Those selected to perform are given $50 awards and the opportunity to perform at the annual festival.

Festival Director and Youth Concert Coordinator, Sandra Betti, said, “We had an amazing group of kids audition this year, with the widest age range we’ve had in quite awhile. All these kids are talented and dedicated, and kudos to their parents for overseeing their musical education”.

This year’s festival will include nineteen students performing on piano or singing: Lincoln Siudzinski, Luka Holbert, Reagan Siudzinski, Benjamin Billiet, Jake Boyd, Alissa DeAnda, Bethany Winters, Jade Coard, Genevieve Florez, Thomas Winters, Bella Bouchoucha, Sammy Mirkin, Adelina Verbeck, Sabrina Jensen, Tanner Richardson, Hannah Husher, Alexandria Dowie, Johnathan Kristopovich and Daniel Kook.

This year’s Guest Artist is classical guitarist Will Kiel. Having lived much of his life in Tuolumne County, Will studied music at Columbia College where he was highly involved in the music program as a guitarist, singer and instrumentalist. In addition, Will was required to take the academic music classes that are part of the Music Major and the General Ed classes that are required of all Columbia graduates. After graduating from Columbia College, Will received a prestigious Pone scholarship to attend the School of Music at San Francisco State University from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance. According to the scholarship letter received from the music department, Will was selected “on the basis of outstanding talent, accomplishment, and promise”.

Over the years, Will has studied with local guitarist Keith Evans, retired Columbia College professor John Carter, and San Francisco Conservatory professor Lawrence Ferrara. Today, he continues to perform in Tuolumne County and is developing a studio of private students in guitar and theory. His goal is to pass on a love of music to his students in his studio, which is growing. “I’m very excited to be playing for the Sonora Bach Festival Youth Concert. It’s really a pleasure giving back to the community that nurtured my love of music,” said Will. At the Sonora Bach Festival’s Youth Concert, Will Kiel will perform selections by J.S. Bach as well as Baroque-inspired works from around the world. For more information about Will’s future performances and private guitar instruction, visit www.willkiel.com.

According to Betti, “The Youth Finalists Concert this year is going to be incredible, and will conclude with one of our own, guest artist guitarist Will Kiel. It should not be missed!”