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Music competition winners to perform March 27

Young winners of the annual Bach Competition and Gail Newby Concerto Competition, sponsored by the Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale, will perform 8 p.m. March 28 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster.

As the first place winner of the Gail Newby Concerto Competition, 21-year-old Tamara Gyulnazarova, North Hills, will perform Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto in D during the Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra’s concert.

Gyulnazarova will share the program with second place winner, Kyle Shafiee, a 19-year-old pianist from Lake Forest, who will perform Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 54-1, Allegro Affettuoso.

Gyulnazarova received a scholarship of $400 for her accomplishments. Shafiee was awarded $200. Other top competitors not performing are Tak Yan Dick Yeung, third place, Mimi Jung, fourth place and Michelle Do, honorable mention.

In a 7 p.m. recital prior to the concert, four first-place winners of the AVSOMC Bach Competition will perform.  They are Grace Kang, 10, of Lancaster, Sevana Abramyan, 13, Glendale, Phoebe Cho, 12, Torrance and Kristen Lee, 17, Northridge.

These first place division winners received scholarships of $200 each. Four second place division winners received $100 scholarships: Josephine Kim, 7, of Castaic, Eric Ross, 18, Long Beach, Cynthia Phan, 11, Menifee, and Clare Schuberg, 15, Moorpark.

Siwoon Park, 12, Diamond Bar, was awarded honorable mention for her performance in the Bach Competition, Level I piano for performers 12 and younger. In Level II piano for those 13-18, Paul Nuttal of Lancaster and Lauren Kang of Los Angeles received honorable mention. In Level II instrumental for those 13-18, Hee Yeon Kim received honorable mention.

The Bach competition was started 11 years ago to promote achievement in the arts by young people, according to Dr. David Newby, artistic director. The Gail Newby Concerto Competition is in its seventh year and is open to young musicians under the age of 25.

Gail Newby, the late wife of David Newby, was the principal keyboard player for the symphony for many years and an adjunct instructor at Antelope Valley College.

Sponsorship funding for AVSOMC’s youth programs is provided by Lancaster-West Rotary Club (scholarship underwriting) and the Lancaster Performing Arts Center Foundation.

For more information on AVSOMC music competition programs, please visit the Web site at www.avsomc.org, or look for the organization on Facebook under “Antelope Valley College Opera/ AVSOMC”.

Tickets for the March 27 concert featuring these performers are available at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center box office, (661) 723-5950 or www.lpac.org.