Arts & Entertainment

Local young artists tuning up for annual competition Jan. 16

The Tri-Cities has produced some impressive young musicians during the past several decades.

And one of the best places to sample some of the newest crop of student musicians is at the annual Young Artists Competition, which is sponsored by the Mid-Columbia Symphony.

The event, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, will be held Jan. 16 at Central United Protestant Church, 1124 Stevens Drive, Richland.

The competitions begin at 9 a.m. There is no charge for spectators.

Young musicians from age 6 through 18 and from Benton, Franklin, Walla Walla, Adams, Grant, Columbia, Klickitat and Yakima counties as well as Umatilla and Morrow counties in Oregon will compete in three age divisions and six categories: piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion and vocals.

Each competitor will have 12 minutes to perform, and their chosen piece must be performed without sheet music.

There will be a winner in each division and two overall winners. The top two will have the opportunity to play with the Mid-Columbia Symphony at its spring concert.

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