Zachary Hughes, the 2012 winner of the Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Concerto Competition, will be the guest pianist during the Symphony of the Mountains' upcoming performance at the Paramount Center for the Arts in downtown Bristol.
SOTM will present "Catch A Rising Star" at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2. Tickets are $30 and are available by calling (423) 392-8423 or online at www.symphonyofthemountains.org. As always, students are admitted free of charge pending availability of tickets.
Hughes, who began piano lessons at age 9, has studied with Dr. Chih-long Hu at East Tennessee State University and Fabio Parrini at North Greenville University. He is currently attending the Juilliard School of Music.
As the winner of the annual concerto competition, Hughes will perform Mozart's "Concerto for Piano, No. 27, K. 595, B-flat major" as a soloist. The national competition allows three finalists the opportunity to present their chosen compositions before SOTM Conductor/Music Director Cornelia Laemmli Orth and a panel of distinguished judges. The winner performs with the symphony during the following concert season.
"Zachary is a testament to the great upcoming musicians we have in our area," Orth said. "This is a chance to truly catch a star on the rise."
The concert will also feature Gioacchino Rossini's "L'Italian in Algeri: Overture" and Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony.
In addition, Nancy Arnold will present a tribute to the late Merle Warren Dickert. Arnold is a major supporter of the arts in Bristol and was a close friend of Dickert, who had served as executive director of the Paramount Center for the Arts for five years before her death in July. She volunteered at the Birthplace of Country Music and the William King Regional Art Center, and served on the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the board of the Bristol Ballet.
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