EL CENTRO — Music enthusiasts, families and friends all came out in support of The Imperial Valley Symphony as it held the annual Spring “Young Artist” Concert Saturday at Southwest Theatre.
The concert featured four of the Valley’s young rising musicians, Deyran Paredes, Dane Drewry, Giuliana Sidhu, and Nicole Shue. At the start of the event, each student received a $500 scholarship towards furthering his or her education in music.
The free concert took place at 7:30 p.m. at the Jimmie Cannon Performing Arts Theatre, with Dr. Matthew Busse (Southwest High School Orchestra Conductor) at the helm as guest conductor. Imperial Valley Symphony’s Founding Director and Conductor, Joel Jacklich, was unable to conduct after having shoulder surgery.
Each young artist debuted a solo piece from classical greats such as Handel, Mozart, and Mendelssohn, showcasing amazing individual talent to perform such difficult and technical pieces.
Deyran Paredes soloed the Viola Concerto I B minor, 1: Allegro. He is a senior at Southwest High School, who began playing the viola when he was in fifth grade. He is involved in the Southwest High School Chamber Orchestra as well as the Imperial Valley Symphony. Paredes plans on attending UC San Diego, where he will obtain a degree in physics.
Dane Dewry played the Piano Concerto No. 23 II: Andante. He is a sixteen-year-old sophomore at Imperial High School, and has been under the tutelage of George Scott since the age of six. Dewry is also the accompanist of the Imperial High School chorus and plans on majoring in piano performance in college.
Nicole Shue is a violinist who performed the Violin Concerto in E minor, I: Allegro. A sophomore at Southwest High School, she has been a member of the Imperial Valley Symphony since seventh grade. Shue is also a member of Southwest High School’s Chamber Orchestra, and she recently returned from performing in the Symphonic Series at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Cellist Giuliana Sidhu performed the Cello Concerto in A minor, I: Allegro. She is a junior at Southwest, who has been studying cello with Assistant Conductor of IV Symphony, Esteban Corona. Sidhu joined Shue in performing at Carnegie Hall in New York, and adds playing with Southwest Chamber Orchestra at Orchestra Hall in Chicago to her list of accolades.
Many locals came out in support of the arts and these performers. Cellist and orchestra member Andrew Hamby stated, “These are the Valley’s best and brightest in youth.”
Local piano teacher Lindsay Danesi also attended the event, saying she came to support the arts. She is “continually amazed at the talent that the Imperial Valley grows,” she said.
Sandy Standiford also said she enjoyed the concert. “It’s good to see young people out – it brings out parents and families,” she said.
After a brief intermission, the orchestra closed the night with a rousing and expressive performance of Carmen Suite, No. 2 by Georges Bizet.