High school musicians sought to audition for young people’s concert in Marlborough

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Marlborough – The Friends of the Marlborough Public Library’s Music Chair Leslie Havens recently announced auditions for the 18th annual Anick Young People’s Performing Arts Festival Concert will be held Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Marlborough Public Library’s Bigelow Auditorium, 35 W. Main St. This is a free competition open to high school age instrumentalists in the greater Marlborough area with cash prizes to be awarded for up to four finalists chosen to perform on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the library. The concert will be free and open to the public.

Each of the finalists will receive an award of $125 to $150 depending upon the number of finalists chosen. Musicians who have been finalists in this competition in previous years are not eligible to compete. Individual musicians or ensembles of up to five musicians may audition for the finalist positions. Contestants must provide their own accompanists, when applicable.

Contestants should plan a recital presentation of about 15 minutes. They should be prepared to play at least a 5-10 minute representative portion of their recital piece(s) during the audition. Two copies of the music to be performed must be brought to the audition for the judges. Students will not be expected to perform their music from memory.

Contestants will be notified of the results within five days. Only two finalists per instrument or ethnic style will be chosen. At the performance on May 20, each finalist will be expected to perform for about 15 minutes. Sheet music will be allowed during the performance.

Applications are available from your music director, from Leslie Havens 617-524-3775 or [email protected] or online at www.mpl-friends, click on “events” and go to “March 7.” Only the first 15 qualified contestants will be invited to audition.

The May 20 concert will be the fourth in a series of five for The Friends “2014-2015 Yacyshyn Concert Series” named in memory of the late Martha Yacyshyn, first Friends’ music chair. This concert is funded and sponsored in part by the Ezra Cutting Trust-Bank of America Trustee; the Marlborough Cultural Council; the Friends Memorial Fund established by an anonymous donor of $25,000; a gift from the Cummings Properties in honor of Ginger Ryan; and The Brigham Family Trust.

For further information on the Friends concert series or other programs, call 413-648-9663 or email [email protected].