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Local Musicians Perform at Marlborough Library on Wednesday

The Anick 17th Young People’s Performing Arts Festival Concert will be held at 7 p.m. on May 21.

The Anick 17th Young People’s Performing Arts Festival Concert
The Anick 17th Young People’s Performing Arts Festival Concert

Five Area High School Age Musicians will present a professional level Fifth Concert of the 2013-2014 Yacyshyn Concert Series at The Anick 17th Young People’s Performing Arts Festival Concert on Wednesday, May 21, at 7 p.m.  

These five finalists of the auditions held on March 15, were chosen by a panel of three judges—Alan Johnson, Douglas Weeks and Peter Anick. The Friends of the Marlborough Public Library will present the concert in the Bigelow Auditorium of the Marlborough Public Library, 35 West Main St., Marlborough which is fully handicapped accessible.  

The concert is open to the public and admission is free. Performing will be Henri Bouchard, violin, of Ayer; Zoe Chang, violin, of Northborough; Joshua Chen, piano, of Westborough; Envy Troung, viola, of Westborough and Zachary Aaron Kaye, euphonium, of Sudbury. 

They will receive a Scholarship Award plus the “Anick Award for Musical Excellence” named in Honor of Connie Anick for her ten years of serving as Friends Music Chair and the founder of the Young People’s Performing Arts Festival Concerts.

Henri Bouchard, violin, of Ayer, age 16 is sophomore and a High Honor student at Littleton High School. He has been studying violin over twelve years and currently studying with Angel Hernandez. This past March Henri was selected to be the Second Violin Principal for the Massachusetts All-State Orchestra. He has performed with the Boston Youth Symphony on their 2010 Great Britain Concert Tour and 2012 Austria and Hungary Concert Tour. At age 11 he was selected as the youngest violinist of the Boston Youth Symphony. This is the premier orchestra of the BYSO and he has been a member of the BYSO since the age of 8. Henri has also performed with the New England Conservatory Preparatory School’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in the first violins section.

Henri has competed and won first place for three years straight at the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Massachusetts Music Teacher Association Bay State Contests. At age 12 he performed with the Indian Hill Orchestra as a soloist, the youngest winner of the Indian Hill Concerto Competition. He is also a winner of the New England String Ensemble’s String Competition and the Indian Hill Ensemble Concerto Competition. He has performed at the 2010 and 2011 American Fine Arts Festival Winners’ Concerts at Carnegie Hall.

Zoe Chang, violin, of Northborough, displayed a natural talent for violin soon after she started playing at age five; within a few years, she successfully auditioned into the prestigious Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra (BYSO).  With the ensemble, she has performed a wide repertoire in a variety of music halls over the last 7 years, most recently playing Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” in Symphony Hall.  Now a freshman in Algonquin Regional High School, she has also performed as a part of the Massachusetts Central District Orchestra for 3 years and currently plays in her high school orchestra.  This is her first solo competition since participating in the Young Artists Competition in Worcester and also the Bay State Competition in the fourth grade, where she received an honorable mention. 

Zoe also plays on her high school JV soccer team and runs on the Track & Field team.

Joshua Chen, piano, of Westborough, a sophomore in Westborough HS, received his formal piano training at the age of nine starting with Mrs. Yuanyuan Li and later with Mr. Anthony Healy. He won 2nd in Gibbon’s Got Talent show with his piano performance in 2011. He is also an active cellist in Westborough High School Orchestra.  In addition to music, Joshua loves reading and board game design.

Zachary Aaron Kaye, euphonium, of Sudbury, began his love affair with the Euphonium during a demonstration of band instruments at Israel Loring Elementary School in Sudbury at the end of 4th grade. Zak played in the concert band at Ephraim Curtis Middle School for 3 years. In his final year at Curtis Zak also played in the Jazz band. Zak was one of 4 recipients in his class of the George F. Revelas Concert Band award. For 2 summers, Zak was a member of Rick Cain’s 1870 Summer Band. For the last two years, Zak has performed with the Massachusetts Eastern Junior District Concert Band. Zak is a current member of the Youth Brass Ensemble under the direction of Eli Epstein at the New England Conservatory.

Leslie Havens, music chair of The Friends, stated, “The caliber and talent of this year’s finalists once again points out the pool of talent in this area as outstanding.  I would like to point out that this is not just a 'music recital' but great performances by very talented young people.  This concert presentation has become a launching pad for many of the finalists who have gone onto very productive musical careers.” 

This concert marks the Fifth concert of the 2013-2014 Yacyshyn Concert Series named in memory of The Friends First Music Chair Martha Yacyshyn in this the Friends 44th Season of presenting concert series.  For further information on the Young People’s Concert, please call (617) 524 3775 or (413) 648-9663 or email: rajohnson736@gmail.com.  

This concert is funded in part by a grant from the Ezra Cutting Trust-Bank of America, Trustee; a grant from the Marlborough Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency;  The Friends Memorial Fund established by an anonymous donor of $25,000; a Gift from the Cummings Properties in Honor of Ginger Ryan and the Marlborough Brigham Family Trust.

Submitted by Ray Johnson, publicity, The Friends of the Marlborough Public Library.

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