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Saturday, April 15th • 7:30 PM

Central Kitsap High School Performing Arts Center
10140 Frontier Place NW, Silverdale, WA 98383

An evening of classical greats from Kitsap area's brightest young talent and your local symphony! 
Brahms labored for much of his early life in the shadow of Beethoven. He claimed that he had worked for 21 years to finally produce and refine this first symphony, a work which would stand up and compare with those of his idol, Ludwig van Beethoven, and enter the pantheon of the very greatest symphonies.
Four young musicians who recently won junior and senior divisions in the symphony's annual Young Artists Competition open the concert, each performing the first movement of a major concerto. Olivia Noh presents Saint-Saëns' savory and suave Violin Concerto #3. Leah Everling performs Edward Elgar's enchanting Cello Concerto. Calder Failla shares his interpretation of Beethoven's first successful concerto,; the Piano Concerto #1 in C Major, and Chaz Niles will conclude the first half of the program with Edvard Grieg's grandiose and glamorous Piano Concerto in A Minor. Don't miss this collection of young talent collaborating with the Bremerton WestSound Symphony, as it continues to celebrate its 80th season!  


$30 for adults
$10 for youth (under 18)

2 hours

Program Book
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Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, 1st Movement Featuring Olivia Noh

Elgar: Cello Concerto, 1st Movement Featuring Leah Everling

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1, 1st Movement Featuring Calder Failla


Grieg: Piano Concerto, 1st Mvmnt Featuring Chaz Niles

Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

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2023 YAC Winner - Senior Division
Calder Failla

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Calder Failla, 17, is a Junior at Tacoma School of the Arts, where he has the opportunity to focus on piano performance along with his high school education. Calder has been studying piano since the age of 10 and is currently studying under Dr. Tanya Stambuck. In that time, he has had the opportunity to perform with the Tacoma ORS and in several small ensembles. Calder recently won third place in a sonatina competition and second place in the International Sister Cities Arts competition in musical interpretation.

2023 YAC Winner - Senior Division 
Olivia Noh

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Olivia Noh, 16, lives in Gig Harbor, and began playing the violin at the age of five. She currently studies with Dr. Maria Sampen and performs as a member of the Charles Wright Academy Orchestra and the Tacoma Youth Symphony, where she was featured as a soloist in 2022. She has performed with the Washington All-State and All-Northwest orchestras and was a finalist at the 2021-2022 Washington State Solo and Ensemble competition. Olivia studied with Peter Zazofsky at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute this past summer and will be studying under Janet Sung at the Meadowmount School of Music this summer.

2023 YAC Winner - Junior Division
Chaz Niles

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Chaz Niles, 15, is a 9th grader in the Central Kitsap School district, started taking piano lessons when he started elementary school. He is currently taking lessons from Dr. Irene Bowling and has participated in KMTA competitions every year since the 6th grade. Coincidentally, all the pieces he chose for those competitions were by Chopin. Even though his favorite composers are mostly from the romantic period, Dr. Bowling has taught him the importance of music from various periods, making him a more well-rounded pianist. In addition, he is a die-hard Seahawks fan and watches football almost every Sunday. He also enjoys playing basketball and designing Legos.

2023 YAC Winner - Junior Division
Leah Everling

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Leah Everling, 15, is a sophomore at Gig Harbor High School. She has played the cello for 8 years, starting lessons in 2nd grade. She began her love for classical music at home with her two older sisters who play piano and violin. She joined the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association (TYSA) in 3rd grade and has been involved ever since. Highlights include participating in TYSA’s chamber programs and being exposed to incredible orchestral repertoire. She was a winner of the TYSA Concerto Competition this year, has won 2 gold medals in the Seattle International Bach Festival and a silver medal in the Seattle International Virtuoso Festival. She has also been a member of the Young Chamber Players (YCP) in Tacoma over the years and performed in several showcase events with her sisters, peers and good friends. Unfortunately, the Peninsula School District does not have an orchestra for her to play cello, so instead of sitting out, she 
joined the band program. Since 6th grade, she has played the French horn and trumpet and this year earned her spot in the Wind Symphony with French horn, and Jazz 1 on trumpet. Aside from all the music, Leah is on the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team and enjoys being out on the water with her teammates a few days per week. She has attended nationals for the past two years and holds 4 national medals in the K2 and K4 sprint kayak team boats. She would like to thank Karen Hemming for being such an inspiring cello teacher, and Rena Konaka for the expert piano accompaniment and coaching over the years.

BSA Musicians

Alan Futterman 
Music Director

Gary Dahl
Associate Conductor

This Season is Sponsored by

The A.Y. Petter
Family Donor Advised Fund

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