Ventura Music Festival

Rising Stars Concert

Rising Stars

Friday, May 6th, 2016 at 8:00 pm
First United Methodist Church
1338 East Santa Clara Street, Ventura, CA

The Ventura Music Festival is proud to present its most diverse Rising Stars concert ever celebrating 40 young classical, vocal and jazz stars! Thanks to underwriting, admission is free and audience members of all ages are invited to turn out for an exciting 75-minute program featuring young award-winning musicians: a 30-member high school choir; seven classical musicians ranging in age from middle school to college; and a jazz quartet.

The choir is the Camerata high school group of the distinguished Los Robles Children’s Choir, performing four songs under the direction of Edward Rouse, accompanied by Christine DeKlotz.

The classical musicians—Grace Chen, Kaytlyn Becker, Dalton Hayse, David & James Gatchel and Kallen Meyer—will perform selections by Saint-Saëns, Liszt, Brahms and Debussy.

The jazz quartet—led by Blake Kasting on guitar, with Alex Smith on drums, Chris Seagraves on bass and Rachel Flowers on piano—closes the evening with selections from Wayne Shorter and John Coltrane. Each young musician is a past winner in the VMF Student Jazz Competition.

Rising Stars is VMF’s spotlight on exceptional young talent, usually classical musicians, many of whom have gone on to win important competitions and to careers in concert halls that span the globe. Rising Stars are selected in consultation with noted music teacher Edward Francis.

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