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Concert features area's best young musicians

Listen to the Tri-Cities' musical best at this year's 40th Young Artists of Distinction concert.

Twenty students ages 11 to 18 are being recognized for their talent. The concert is put on by Camerata Musica, an organization created by the late Lydia Woods 40 years ago. Camerata regularly schedules chamber music concerts and ends the year with the Young Artists event.

"This is representation for kids who won awards for the past 12 months," said Beverly Mayhew, a member of the Camerata Musica selection committee. "Local people don't get to hear their performances because they go out of town. So this is a chance to hear the kids who've won awards throughout the year."

Mayhew explained that teachers in the Mid-Columbia nominate their students for inclusion in the program each spring and a committee decides which students to recognize.

"Many of these local performers have gone on to careers in music around our state and across the nation," Mayhew added.

Atendees may think they're seeing double during a performance by Andrew and Edward Chiou, 16-year-old twins who play the violin.

"Usually we're working on solo pieces, so we each have different pieces to work on," Andrew said. "This is one of the first times we've actually played together as a duet. It's kind of cool."

The twins picked up the violin nine years ago when one of their friends began playing. The Kamiakin High School juniors used to play one hour every day, but Edward explained because of more difficult classes at school and other activities, they've cut back to about four hours a week.

"They work as a team and consider each other as friends and competitors," their mother Carol Chiu said.

Music for these boys has taught them how to combat nervousness. "It kind of like calms you down," Andrew said. "Whenever you're really stressed with schoolwork, when I play the violin it clears my mind and allows me to experiment different stuff and be creative and afterwards it's like you're more calm and you're more energized to do whatever you have to do."

The twins will be performing a Double Concerto in D minor, 3rd movement by J.S. Bach. Concert attendees will also be treated to pieces from Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and more on the piano, violin, flute and viola.

While the twins are not planning on making music a career (they want to be doctors), they are appreciative for what music has given them.

"When you play in orchestras in school you make a lot of new friends, so that's good," Edward said. "There's a whole community."

The free event is at 2 p.m. May 3 at the Battelle Auditorium in Richland.

*Bethany Lee: 582-1465; blee@tricityherald.com

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