Rising music stars set to shine

Violinist Spencer Tsai will offer a solo performance at the Richmond Music School’s Concerto Concert.  -
Violinist Spencer Tsai will offer a solo performance at the Richmond Music School’s Concerto Concert.
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Richmond Music School’s brightest young musicians are preparing for the school’s biggest concert of the year.

The Concerto Concert is set for Saturday, March 2 and will feature dozens of performers on a variety of instruments, including piano and violin, along with vocal performances.

The school’s students range in age from preschool to senior high, and are practising their music to achieve as close to a professional standard as possible. They’ll perform with the support of a professional orchestra, directed by James Malmberg.

“It’s the only music school in British Columbia that offers this kind of opportunity to its students. No other school has a professional orchestra come in and accompany their students,” said Patricia Rolston, the school’s principal and longtime teacher.

Numerous rising stars will be among the performers, including violinist Spencer Tsai, 8. A variety of music and on-stage arrangements are also in store, along with a performance from the Richmond Music School Children’s Choir, with conductor Maria Goobar and accompanist Amanda Wong. The Outreach Violin Ensemble, the school’s affordable outreach music program, will also perform.

Richmond Music School came together in 1980. Its faculty offers direction to over 400 students in a variety of disciplines.

The Concert Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Richmond Music School Recital Hall, 11371 No. 3 Rd. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and free for children 12 and under. Call 604-272-5227.

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