On Sunday, April 13 at 3:00 p.m., the West Point Band will present its annual Young Artist Concert in the Eisenhower Hall Ballroom. The concert will feature the four winners of West Point’s 21st annual Young Artist Solo Competition: pianist Michael Davidman, clarinetist Phillip Solomon, euphoniumist Laura Rann, and xylophonist Sarah Phinney. The concert is free and open to the public.
The concert will feature solo performances by this year’s young artist winners. Selections include George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Claude Debussy’s Première Rhapsody, Philip Sparke’s Harlequin, and Fritz Kreisler’s Tambourin Chinois. Additionally, the West Point Band will perform Lezghinka from Aram Khachaturian’s Gayane, and The Klaxon by Henry Fillmore. The performance will also feature Cadet Lisa Jones on the piano performing Johannes Brahms’ Rhapsody in g minor Op. 79 No. 2.
Phillip Solomon is a student at the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division, where he is a student of Laura Flax. He has attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Luzerne Music Center, as well as the Interlochen Arts Camp, where he was Principal Clarinet in the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and studied composition. In fall 2013, Phillip joined the New York Youth Symphony, performing regularly with the orchestra at Carnegie Hall and at Queens College. During his second year at Juilliard Pre-College, he also began studying conducting with Adam Glaser. This coming summer, Phillip will be a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Phillip will be performing Claude Debussy’s Première Rhapsody.
Laura Rann (see featured image above) is a senior at Mahwah High School and has been playing the euphonium for nine years. Laura studies privately with Aaron Vanderweele and plans to major in music next year at the university level. She will be performing Philip Sparke’s Harlequin for euphonium and band. Laura has participated in the New Jersey Region One Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble, and New Jersey All State Symphonic Band. She has played as principal trombone in the Greater Newark Youth Orchestra and on euphonium in the Ridgewood Concert Band. At Mahwah High School, Laura has participated in the Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Brass Ensemble, Marching Band, and Pit Orchestra. Laura spent the past two summers at the Interlochen Center for the Arts Camp as principal euphonium in the Interlochen Symphonic Band and the World Youth Wind Symphony.
Pianist Michael Davidman has claimed the top prize at over a dozen competitions. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras in performances of some of the most demanding piano literature and been presented before some of today’s most illustrious musicians. Michael studied piano at the Greenwich House Music School with Michiyo Morikawa until 2006, and now studies with Efrem Briskin at the Manhattan School of Music. He has also studied conducting with Jonathan Strasser and David Gilbert. Michael has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall, Music@Menlo’s Chamber Music Festival, InterSchool Orchestras of NY, Burgos International Music Festival in Spain, and at the International Academy of Music in Italy and Russia. As a soloist, he has performed with the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, Ithaca College Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Orchestras, Bronx Arts Ensemble Orchestra, New York Concerti Sinfonietta, and the NY Chamber Orchestra amongst others. Presently, Michael attends Hunter College High School in New York City. Michael will be collaborating with the band to perform George Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue.
Sarah Phinney was born in New York and has, since then, lived in California, Maryland, and New Jersey. She started piano at age six and began percussion at age ten. She has participated in various ensembles as percussionist, including attending and performing at Leigh Howard Stevens Marimba Summer Seminar. She is currently in the 12th grade at Ridge High School, where she is Vice President and leader of the Percussion Section of the Honors Wind Ensemble.
Featured image: Laura Rann — courtesy of the artist.
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