Teen violinist to perform with CSA Sinfonia

Serena Harnack
Serena Harnack

An award-winning, 14-year-old violinist will perform with the CSA Sinfonia at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Concerto Competition winner Serena Harnack will play the fourth movement of the Concerto No. 4 in d minor, Opus 41, by Viuextemps. The performance takes place in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall of the NIU Music Building.

Harnack won the competition at NIU after a rigorous audition in November. The Glen Ellyn resident is also the recipient of the 2012-2013 Susan and Richard Kiphart Scholarship at Music Institute of Chicago.

The freshman at St. Francis College Prep in Wheaton has been studying violin for 10 years.

She is a member of the Academy program for gifted pre-college musicians, where she studies violin privately with artist faculty members Almita Vamos and Hye-Sun Lee.

Harnack has won many awards for her performances, including first place in the Chinese Fine Arts Society Confucius Competition, DePaul Concerto Festival, Musichorale Scholarship Competition, Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Scholarship Competition, Youth Symphony of DuPage Concerto Competition, and with the Insieme Trio, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s Young Virtuosi Concerto Competition.

She was awarded an outstanding rating for five years in a row by the Granquist Music Competition in Geneva. She has performed twice on WFMT/98.7 Introductions, a program that showcases Chicago’s finest pre-college musicians.

The Feb. 20 concert also includes the Hungarian March from the Damnation of Faust by Hector Berlioz, three movements of Serenade for Strings by Edward Elgar and two movements from Symphony No. 5 in c minor by Ludwig van Beethoven.

CSA Sinfonia attracts talented musicians from all over the northern Illinois region. Admission to this highly regarded ensemble is by audition only. Linc Smelser, cello teacher and conductor of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, is the director of CSA Sinfonia. Auditions for the orchestra for the 2013-2014 season take place Monday, May 13, in the NIU Music Building.

For more information, call (815) 753-1450.

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