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2/21/2013 10:09:00 AM
Performance to feature Centerville piano soloist

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Symphony Orchestra, led by Peter Stafford Wilson, presents a salute to great musical mentors, featuring 10-year-old pianist Taylor Wang of Centerville and a side-by-side performance with the Springfield Youth Symphony.

The concert is at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 in Kuss Auditorium at the Clark State Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the concert are $24-$48 adults/$12-$36 students, and are available through the Performing Arts Center ticket office by calling 937-328-3874 or online at A limited number of seats are available the week of the concert at only $15 adults/$10 students. The ticket office can contacted for details.

The music world has thrived due to the efforts of great music teachers. Maestro Wilson has chosen a program that highlights the master composers and their mentors. Great works by Rossini, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Bernstein, and Rimsky-Korsakov, among others, will be performed. On the second half of the concert, the orchestra will be joined side-by-side by the Youth Symphony in this mentor-focused concert.

Ten-year-old piano soloist Taylor Wang will make her debut performance with a symphony orchestra. Taylor won the gold and grand prizes in the World Piano Competition in 2011 and made her Carnegie Hall debut at the age of nine. She participated in the Columbus Music Teachers Association competition and placed 1st in the Elementary Group. In 2012, she competed in the AADGT (American Association for Development of the Gifted and Talented) and won the gold medal. She was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall again. After receiving scholarships from both the festival and Ohio Association for Gifted Children, Taylor attended the Saarburg Festival in Germany in the summer of 2012. Sharing music is part of Taylor’s passion. Since 2009, she has been a member of the Springfield Youth Orchestras, performing with all three youth orchestras, various chamber groups, and in solo roles in a wide variety of community events and fundraisers. Taylor and her family reside in Centerville.

Get insights into the program during Opening Notes, a pre-concert talk at 7:15 p.m. in the Turner Studio. Also, a Performance Prelude in the lobby at 7:15 p.m. will feature the Springfield Youth String Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra.

For further information, call 937-325-8100 or visit

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