Teens to make debut at March 1 Mid-Columbia Symphony concert

By Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldFebruary 26, 2014 

Young piano players

Pianists Katherine Moon, 14, left, and Katharine Zorich, 17, both won a chance to perform with the Mid-Columbia Symphony's March concert.

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Youth and music will be at the heart of the March 1 Mid-Columbia Symphony concert in Richland.

Katherine Moon, 14, of West Richland, and Katharine Zorich, 17, of Richland, were the overall winners at this year's Young Artists Competition and will make their debut at the symphony's Youth: Celebrations & Collaborations.

Showtime is 8 p.m. in the auditorium at Richland High School.

Zorich, a senior at Hanford High, spends a lot of time at the piano, making it difficult to maintain a normal teenage social life, she said.

"Piano does take up a lot of my time," she said. "But the sense of accomplishment after thoroughly learning a song makes it worth it."

And though classical music is definitely her strong suit, she also loves to arrange music to current pop songs. She also plays the viola.

Zorich won the senior overall award, which was held in January. She's been playing piano since age 6 and plans to study medicine after high school.

"I'd like to pursue a career as a pediatrician," she said. "But still play the piano on the side."

Moon, an eighth-grader at Enterprise Middle School in West Richland, has been playing the piano since age 5, following in the footsteps of her piano-playing older siblings.

"Listening to them perform kind of naturally made me want to play (piano) too," Moon said.

Moon earned the junior overall award at the competition.

"Piano is something I enjoy doing," she said. "In the future, it's a possibility that I will teach or play professionally."

Keeping with the youthful theme of the concert will be the music of Mozart and Shostakovich -- pieces they wrote when they were youngsters.

Symphony maestro Nicholas Wallin, who also served as one of the judges for the Young Artists Competition, sings the praises of the winners.

"Prepare yourself to be amazed by their musicianship and virtuosity," he said. "I always love to serve as one of the judges of our competition."

Wallin also pointed out that the music featured at the concert was written by renowned composers who were teenagers when they wrote the pieces.

"Shostakovich's Symphony No. 1 is so deep and rich that it seems nearly impossible to believe he finished it at the age of 19," he added.

Tickets are from $25 to $50 and available in advance at www.midcolumbiasymphony.org or call 943-6602.

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @dorioneal

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