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Summit Community Orchestra showcases youth competition winners

The Summit Community Orchestra presents a free community concert featuring the two senior division winners of the recent Youth Showcase competition, Priya Subberwal, piano, and Skylar Lebow (pictured), violin.
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While “Selection Sunday” is notable to many avid sports fans for choosing the NCAA basketball teams for the “big dance,” the Summit Community Orchestra is celebrating in a different way, with a free community concert featuring the two senior division winners of the recent Youth Showcase competition, Priya Subberwal, piano, and Skylar Lebow, violin. The free concert is at Dillon Community Church, 371 La Bonte St., Dillon, at 6 p.m.

Both Subberwal and Lebow are previous winners of the competition and say they have learned a lot in preparing for the competition.

“This has been a great experience because it’s such a unique opportunity to perform with a large group of talented musicians, something I haven’t had much experience with before now,” said Subberwal, who has been studying piano since age 5 with teacher Adrienne Sielaff, in a statement.

Lebow, a student of Cecile Forsberg, also agreed that “this has been a great experience, as I don’t get a chance to play a concerto with a large group and it has definitely helped improve my playing.”

Both students chose challenging pieces for the competition and although they have been working on them since September, they feel they could always use more time to prepare, but they also agree that they are ready to move onto new challenges.

When asked about her future plans, Subberwal said, “My future plans are about as uncertain as they can get — I might want to go into film, or writing, or journalism. I just about have next week planned.”

When asked for their “Final Four” picks, Lebow didn’t have any ideas and Subberwal said “Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw.” (Obviously, they are too busy practicing to follow college basketball.) Other works on Sunday’s program include Copland’s “Variations on a Shaker Melody,” Ponchielli’s “Dance of the Hours” and Von Suppe’s “Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna.”


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