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Tehachapi Symphony performs March 10

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Guest violinist Vincent Meklis will be performing with the Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra on March 10, at 4 p.m., at Country Oaks Baptist Church. Photo Courtesy of Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra

On Sunday, March 10, the Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Dr. David Newby will perform at Country Oaks Baptist Church beginning at 4 p.m.

The program opens with Johannes Brahms, Violin Concerto in D Major, featuring guest soloist Vincent Meklis. After the intermission, Francis Poulenc's "Sinfonietta," will be performed. A reception will follow.

The emerging violinist Vincent Meklis is already garnering numerous honors and credits while still in his student years. He is the first place winner in the Strings Division of the 2009 Sorantin International Competition for Piano and Strings, and he won second place in the 2009 Corpus Christi International Competition for Piano and Strings and the Bronze Medal at the 2012 Stulberg International String Competition. In 2008, Meklis was a member of the Quartet Polaris, when it captured the Gold Medal in the Junior Division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

While studying with the noted pedagogues Almita and Roland Vamos, Meklis was a Rachel Barton Pine Violin Scholar at the Music Institute of Chicago's Academy, and he was concertmaster of the Academy Chamber Orchestra. He performed as a soloist and chamber musician during the Music Institute's 2009 Stars of the Academy tour, including performances at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, and the Terrace Theater at Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The distinguished American composer Augusta Read Thomas invited Meklis to participate in a March 2010 concert at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston, Illinois that surveyed Thomas's career. He has been a guest soloist with various orchestras, including the Grand Rapids Symphony, while tours with the Chicago Consort have taken Meklis to England, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, and China. He was a soloist in Norway's 2009 Valdres Sommersymfoni, honoring the memory of the violinist Piotr Janowski, with whom Meklis had studied.

Vincent Meklis has been featured several times on Chicago's WFMT radio program, "Introductions," discussing music as well as performing live in studio, and he has also appeared on the nationally broadcast NPR program, From the Top. A recipient of a Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Scholarship in Violin, Meklis is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance at the USC Thornton School of Music, under the tutelage of Professor Midori Goto.

Don't miss the Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra and Vincent Meklis on March 10, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at Country Oaks Baptist Church located at 20915 Schout Road. Admission is free. For more information, call 661/821-7511 or check the website at www.tehachapiorchestra.com.

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