The Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, at Country Oaks Baptist Church. The featured violinist will be Samuel Lang.
Lang is an enigmatic 16-year-old with a wide range of interests. He is a home schooled student at Valley Oak Charter High School, concurrently enrolled with Bakersfield College and Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. He has acquired a broad base of knowledge as a rabid bookworm, but he also loves drawing, photography, history, backyard chemistry, and outdoor activities such as camping, backpacking, fishing, skiing, soccer, swimming, and enjoys spending time with his dog. His passion for science has been driving him to be one of the winners in numerous local and state level science fair competitions.
He is also a talented multi-instrumental musician. He studied piano beginning at age of 5, and achieved an advanced level certificate of merit for MTAC piano at the age of 14. Since age 7, he has studied violin and has also learned cello, erhu (Chinese violin) and djembe (a rope-tuned skin-covered goblet drum).
His teachers have noted that Lang has perfect pitch, innate musicality, a wild imagination, and a natural affinity for passionate expression.
Since sixth grade, he has won superior plus command performance ratings in KCMEA and state CMEA Solo and Ensemble Festival for six consecutive years. He is also a winner in various string solo competitions locally and internationally. He took part in school orchestras, strolling strings, honor orchestras, and joined the Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra in seventh grade. He has participated in Montecito International Music Festivals, VOCS Showcase of the Arts, CSUB Chamber Music Workshop, ASTA Chamber Music Festival, and many other musical events.
Lang's passions in both music and Boy Scouts led to his forming and leading the Little Scouts' Symphony for his Eagle project at age of 13, and started Arrano Ensembles to include young musicians outside of scouting in 2013, leading young artists to provide volunteer concerts to inspire people and serve local nonprofit organizations. The first public displays were patriotic concerts for the Disabled American Veterans, the MS Society, Rosewood Living Community in 2010, and supporting the unveiling of the Wall of Valor organized by the Kern Veterans Foundation in 2011. He was a Beautiful Bakersfield Award Nominee in 2011, and in 2013, he was a Young Artist Spotlight featured soloist on KVPR (National Public Radio Fresno).
At the age of 13, Lang won the 2011 BYSO concerto audition, making his first public debut as a concert violin soloist for the Bakersfield Premiere of the Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto with Maestro Eshkenazy and the BYSO in 2012.
He is the current BYSO concertmaster for the 2013-2014 season, and the featured violin soloist for Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen with artistic director Eshkenazy on April 6.
He would like to thank in particular Anna and Kara McCoy for introducing him to the Young Concert Artist Competition 2014. As the winner, he will be the featured violin soloist for Bloch's "Nigun" with the Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra under maestro David Newby's baton in the May 18 concert.
The young musician said he greatly appreciates all of his public and private teachers in past and present for helping him grow musically and academically, and gave a special thanks to all of his piano accompanists, friends and families, parents, leaders, fellow scouts, fellow musicians, and local the community for all their support.
For more information about the concert, call 821-7511.