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Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Sara Lindblom won this year's Summit County Orchestra's Youth Concerto Contest. She plays piano with the orchestra at the free spring family concert at 4 p.m. today at the Summit High School auditorium at Farmer's Korner.
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BRECKENRIDGE – She’s the queen of fast fingers.

At least that’s how her mom lovingly describes her.

Sara Lindblom, a sophomore at Summit High School, won this year’s Summit County Orchestra Youth Concerto Contest for her piano playing. As a result, she will perform the first movement of Muzio Clementi’s “Piano Concerto, Op. 35, No. 6” at the orchestra’s spring family concert at 4 p.m. today at the Summit High School auditorium.



Lindblom started playing piano when she was 7 – after her teacher gently broke the news to her that she was too old to embark upon a career as a violinist.

She studies both the Suzuki and traditional method. With the more-challenging Suzuki method, she learns to play a song by listening to it first. The traditional method has taught her to read notes.



She composes about one to two songs a year and is inspired by the range of music her parents exposed her to – from classical to rock.

“I like the Impressionistic music because it doesn’t really follow the rules,” she said. “I like being able to be creative with music, show emotion through music.”

She gets up at 5:15 a.m. every morning to practice about an hour a day. Her early-morning schedule leaves time for gymnastics and basketball after school.

Though she hasn’t decided on a career, she hopes to make music a “side career” by possibly writing songs.

For now, though, playing piano keeps her busy – especially this weekend. Saturday, she competed at the National Federation of Music’s Junior Festival in Denver, and today she performs not only at the spring family concert but also at her regular piano recital, organized by teacher Adrienne Sielaff.

To play with the orchestra, she has had to slow down her tempo so she follows the rhythm of the other musicians.

She shares the stage with her father, Bill Lindblom, who plays violin with the orchestra.

“It’s very satisfying for a child to play with a parent,” said Sue Lindblom as her daughter nodded in agreement. “Some people don’t get a chance to do that.”

Dr. Kenneth Evans, co-founder of the Breckenridge Music Institute, is the guest conductor for the concert. Pieces include “Triumphal March” by Gluseppe Verdi, “Nessun Dorma” by Giacomo Puccini, “Hoe-down” and “Variations on a Shaker Hymn” by Aaron Copland and tunes from “Harry Potter.”

Admission to the concert is free, but donations are accepted. A reception will follow the concert.


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