Concerto winners, more than 300 students to perform orchestra pieces at Singletary Center


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Rafael Silva

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More than 300 students from all across Kentucky will showcase different varieties of musical talent on Sunday at the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra Teen Arts Festival. 

All branches of the CKYO will perform at the Singletary Center for the Arts throughout the day. The event consists of four concerts from 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with performances ranging from strings to symphonies, including performances by the three CKYO competition winners,

“An event like this highlights all of the musical talents in the community,” said Daniel Chetel, music director for CKYO. “Students come from 12 counties because of the great teaching across the state.”

Chetel said this was an opportunity for the students to show the community the challenging work they have been practicing.

“A lot of musical adults support the teen arts festival as well,” Chetel said.

Amelia Groetsch, the general manager at CKYO, said there were multiple different concerts for interested parties to attend on Sunday, including:

  • Friends in Music at 1:30 p.m. in the Singletary Center recital hall
  • Preparatory String, MusicWorks and Concert Orchestras at 3:30 p.m. in the concert hall
  • Jazz Ensembles at 5:30 p.m. in the recital hall
  • Repertory and Symphony Orchestra plus the solos of the three concerto winners at 7:30 pm in the concert hall 

Groetsch said the festival is a celebration of statewide musical talent.

“It is a day of youth music performers celebrating all of the different orchestras,” Groetsch said.

This Sunday’s CKYO event is the follow up of Friday’s UK Symphony Orchestra performance at 7:30 p.m. The event also features the solo performances of the UK and CKYO Concerto competition winners, oboist Christine Sallas, and runner-up, trumpeter Caden Holmes.

CKYO winners Kate Brown, Skye Park and Amy Wang will begin their solos at 7:00 p.m. this Sunday. A single ticket will allow entry to all of the day’s concerts where music enthusiasts from all over the state are expected to attend.