Northern Neck Orchestra concert to focus on youth
, 2015

Northern Neck Orchestra
concert to focus on youth

The Northern Neck Orchestra will present “Youthful Gifts,” at 3 p.m. February 23 at the Northumberland High School Auditorium, 201 Academic Lane, Claraville.

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The concert will spotlight three young performers and the works of great composers whose musical gifts were also apparent in their youth, reported Donna Doleman.

Concert tickets are $20 for adults and free for students. Tickets may be purchased at, or the door as available.

The program will include Mozart’s Exultate, Jubilate, which he wrote at age 16 and Symphony No. 2 in D major by Ludwig van Beethoven, which he composed at age 32.

The featured soloists include Rachel Bradley, 15, of Tabb. She is a soprano hoping to study voice at Julliard. In the near term, she would like to be selected to participate in the prestigious Torggler Summer Institute at Christopher Newport University.

Bradley is a homeschooled student and enjoys singing, piano, swimming, knitting and reading. She has been studying voice for two years and piano for six years with her instructor, Guy Hayden.

She will perform Handel’s “Let the Bright Seraphim,” Puccini’s “Mi chiamano Mimi” and Mozart’s “Allelulia” (Exultate, Jubilate), said Doleman.

Caroline Haines, 16, of Rockville is the eighth in a family of nine children, all of whom play the piano and a stringed instrument. She enjoys the piano and organ, but her passion is the harp. She has participated in Richmond’s Youth Concert Orchestra, American Youth Harp Ensemble and the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra.

Her instructor is Lynnelle Ediger, artistic director of the American Youth Harp Ensemble & Academy of Music. She placed first in harp performance in the High School Festival at Bob Jones University. Most recently she performed at the White House, U.S. Department of State and Lincoln Center. She will play at the World Harp Congress in Australia this summer.

She has participated in the Northern Neck Orchestra for about a year and will perform Debussy’s “Danses Sacrées et Profane,” said Doleman.

Bryan Williams, 19, of Newport News picked up a violin for the first time five-and-a-half years ago, and quickly moved to the viola where he has realized his passion. He studied under Guy Hayden until he started college at Christopher Newport University and joined the University Orchestra as principal violist under the instruction of J. Lynn Thompson.

For the past three years, Williams has been a member of the Northern Neck Orchestra and recently, the Hampton Roads Chamber Players. He will perform the Telemann “Concerto for Viola,” said Doleman.

The Northern Neck Orchestra is supported by area residents, program advertising and grants from the Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Dominion Foundation, the Bank of Lancaster, the S. Mason and Lula P. Cole Charitable Trust, River Counties Community Foundation and the Tidewater Foundation.

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