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Capital High School student wins Young People's Concert Competition

Jan. 13, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The Woman's Club of Huntington, in cooperation with Cabell County Schools and Marshall University Department of Music, sponsored the open competition for soloist with the Marshall University Symphony, Dr. Elizabeth Reed Smith, Conductor, on Sunday, Jan. 12.

The competition was held in MU's Smith Recital Hall. High school and middle school students from West Virginia and the Tri-State area were eligible to audition.

The winner was Haleigh Frail, sophomore from Capital High School who played "Violin Concerto in C Major MVT. 1" by Joseph Haydn and was accompanied by Michael Sivaprakasam. Other entrants were Matthew Sivaprakasam, violin; Lena Williams, clarinet; David Hay, cello; Lucy Tian, piano and Kathryn Wantlin, piano, who received Honorable Mention.

Frail will have the honor of performing with the Marshall University Symphony at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, for the Young People's Concert, conducted by Dr. Reed Smith, at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. She will receive an award of $150 from The Woman's Club of Huntington and will also play for the community concert that evening, 7:30 p.m. at Smith Music Hall, which is free and open to the public.

Patricia Walker, Young People's Concert Committee chairman, said the first Young People's Concert was performed in 1961 by the Marshall College Community Symphony under the direction of Mr. Alfred P. Lannegger for all Cabell County sixth-grade students.

This year, for the 53rd performance, all fifth-grade students from Cabell County, Wayne County, private schools and home-schooled students are invited to attend the Young People's Concert.

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