5 Kamiak musicians to perform at Benaroya Hall
Five Kamiak High School students – all flautists – will perform with award-winning professional musicians as part of the annual Ten Grands Seattle concert on Friday, April 4, at Benaroya Hall.
A flute duet and flute quintet from Kamiak will join other student musicians from 11 local high schools during the Seattle showcase to benefit music education.
Kamiak’s quintet is composed of Ashley Kim, Estella Kim, Jamie Kim, Emily Lee and Jessica Lee, and the duet is Ashley Kim and Jamie Kim.
Ten Grands features 10 concert pianists on 10 grand pianos on a dramatically-lit stage. The concert is a musical variety show featuring classical, jazz, boogie-woogie, R&B, pop, original compositions and more.
The pianists perform on a multi-tiered stage, playing as soloists as well as in various combinations, including all 10 playing simultaneously.
A complimentary bonus concert will feature student vocalists and instrumentalists who will perform as soloists and in various sized groups.
Selected musicians will appear both onstage with the featured professional pianists, as well as in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby starting at 6 p.m. (An hour before the Ten Grands concert).
Student musicians at the concert won awards at regional competitions of the Washington State Solo & Ensemble Contest, a program of Washington Interscholastic Activities Association/Washington Music Educators Association.
On stage performers are from Kamiak, Edmonds-Woodway, Shorewood, Issaquah, Bainbridge, Camas, Ellensburg, Juanita, and Stadium high schools. Each musician will be showcased during brief solos, and then be part of a group performance.
Lobby performers include a flute quintet from Kamiak High School, a string sextet from Ellensburg High School, a flute quartet and trombone trio from Juanita High School and three duets. The duets include instrumentalists from Sehome High School in Bellingham and vocalists from both Issaquah and Bremerton high schools.
Proceeds of the seventh annual Ten Grands musical variety show support the Seattle Symphony’s education programs and other select non-profit music education organizations.
Ten Grands concerts, held in Seattle and Portland, are the creation of composer-pianist Michael Allen Harrison, whose vision is to “share the joy, the healing, the learning and the life-changing gifts music has to offer.”
The concerts are held in response to budget cuts affecting K-12 and community-based music programs.
Purchase tickets online at www.seattlesymphony.org, by calling the Seattle Symphony ticket office at 206-215-4747, or at Benaroya Hall, on the corner of Union Street and Third Avenue.
-Edited by Beacon staff