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Come hear our talented youth musicians at the Performing Arts Center as they wrap up their year of music and discovery on Saturday, May 13 at 3 p.m.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Because of an injury to his hand, our featured soloist Ji is not able to perform at the Classics in the Cohan season finale tomorrow. We are happy to announce that virtuoso Charlie Albright, who is flying in from Seattle this morning, will be joining the orchestra to play Gershwin's Concerto in F.

In our last Q & A session with our auditioning conductors, we are proud to introduce you to Rei Hotoda, Associate Conductor of the Utah Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Hotoda will conduct our season finale on Saturday, May 6th.


John Astaire earned his Doctor of Music in Percussion Performance from Indiana University. He has performed with several ensembles across the country, including the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Kylix Contemporary Music Ensemble Aguava New Music Studio, Felix de los Ingenios Early Music Ensemble, and Keith Brion's New Sousa Band. He has also been a frequent member of the Mozart Festival and Festival Mozaic orchestras. As an educator, John teaches Percussion at Cal Poly State University, and coaches young percussionists with the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony. Originally from California, his primary teachers have included timpanist Gerald Carlyss and percussionist Kenneth Watson, under whom he also studied Hungarian cimbalom. 


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