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Area student to play with orchestra

Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

STERLING – Cyrus Colah, a 16-year-old pianist of Clinton, has been named 2014 Young Artist by the Clinton Symphony Orchestra, and will perform a concerto with the orchestra at their concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, at Sterling High School’s Centennial Auditorium, 1608 Fourth Ave.

All students are admitted free to the concert in his honor.

Colah will graduate from Clinton High School this year with college plans to become a chemical engineer. He began piano study at age 6 in Minnesota, and continued under Audrey Owen when the family moved to Clinton.

In fourth grade, Colah became involved with the orchestra program in the Clinton schools, studying the cello under the instruction of Greg and Julie Marston. In sixth grade he began private cello lessons with Robert Whipple.

Colah will perform the first movement from Saint-Saens’ “Second Piano Concerto” with the orchestra.

Also on Saturday’s program is “Peter and the Wolf,” a musical children’s tale. Its composer, Sergi Prokofiev, uses musical themes and particular instruments of the orchestra to portray each of and animals and characters in the story. Rob Engelson of Clinton will narrate the story, with conductor Brian Dollinger leading the orchestra.

Gateway Contemporary Ballet members will portray the characters on stage.

The ballet will also join forces with the orchestra to portray animals from Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals,” which Engelson will narrate.

Adult tickets are $15, available in advance at Tegeler Music in Clinton, Fitzgeralds Pharmacy in Morrison, and Grummert’s Hardware in Sterling, or at the door of the concert.

Because of uncertain driving conditions, Community State Bank and the symphony have joined together to provide a bus from Clinton. Information and reservations can be made with Marianne Jensen at 563-243-5958. Space is limited.

Go to www.clintonsymphony.org for more information.

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