Young Artists winners to perform March 16

Dori O'Neal, Herald staff writerMarch 15, 2013 

The two overall winners of this year's Young Artists Competition will make their debut with the Mid-Columbia Symphony on March 16 when the symphony presents its next concert in the In Love and War series at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.

Pianist Justin James Chua, the junior overall winner from West Richland, will play the third movement of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2. Violinist Diana Wang, the senior overall winner from Richland, performs Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs).

"Zigeunerweisen is a showpiece for violin and orchestra featuring harmonics, left-handed pizzicato and other fireworks," said maestro Nicholas Wallin. "The Rachmaninoff number is an incredibly demanding and virtuosic piece filled with lovely melodies."

The rest of the program includes Wagner's Prelude & Transfiguration from the opera Tristan and Isolde, and the Symphonic Dances from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story.

"Prelude & Transfiguration has been an orchestral staple for nearly 150 years," Wallin said. "The piece presents two excerpts from Wagner's opera. The prelude at the opening of the opera sets the scene for the passionate drama about two lovers tormented by conflicting feelings of honor, responsibility and forbidden love.

"The second excerpt is Isolde's music from the very end of the opera as she expires over the body of Tristan."

Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story will wrap up the concert and includes the saucy dance number from Mambo, as well as the much-loved dance music from Cool and Maria.

Concert time is 8 p.m. Tickets cost from $27 to $52 and are available at or the Toyota Center box office. Tickets purchased at the box office avoid service charges.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;; Twitter: @dorioneal

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