On Sunday, July 12, Morgan Park Summer Music Festival hosts an eagerly awaited showcase of young talents from across the North Shore. Beginning at 7:30 pm, winners of this year’s Marguerite Suozzi Young Performers Talent Competition share a delightful blend of vocal and instrumental music with the audience. Truly, there is something for every musical taste; however, the biggest thrill of the evening is witnessing the talent and professional expertise of these young performers. Some of the Competition’s past winners have gone on to highly-regarded musical careers.
Headlining the show this year is the Competition Winner, Pianist Tim Cheung a 17-year-old senior at Syosset High School. He has performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Shanghai International School of Music. In addition to his Young Performers prize, Tim has garnered prizes from the Town of Oyster Bay and the New York International Music Competition.
The Second Place Winner is Vocalist Patrick Elizalde of Glen Cove. Patrick, age 16, is a junior at Regis High School who has participated in musical theater at Regis and at Marymount High School. Multitalented, Patrick is also a national competitor in the art of taekwondo and teaches at Wilson’s Martial Arts.
The Junior Winner is violinist Christine Ramirez, a 13-year-old eighth grader at North Shore Middle School. Christine is concertmaster of the eighth-grade orchestra and chamber orchestra, participates in NYSMA, All-County and All-State and is also concertmaster of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra.
The judges selected eight other outstanding young musicians as Honorable Mentions and invited them to be part of Young Performers in Concert. These students are Julie Fine, Kenny Kim, Zachary Leng, Maximilian Manicone, Lauren Marchand, Kenta Nomura, Gregory Stebbins and Juliana Urcan-Delgado. Maximilian Manicone and Kenta Nomura are unable to appear. Young Performers in Concert 2015 is underwritten by Bank of America.
Come on down to Morgan Park and enjoy a wonderful evening of family entertainment under the stars. Bring a blanket or chairs and picnic if you wish. Children are welcome. Morgan Park is located on Germaine Street at the end of Landing Road in Glen Cove. In the event of rain, the concert will be held in St. Patrick’s Parish Hall, Pearsall Avenue, Glen Cove. For further information, call (516) 671-0017, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.morganparkmusic.org or find us on Facebook at Morgan Park Summer Music Festival.
Morgan Park Summer Music Festival is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that has been providing free concerts in the park for 56 years. The shows are completely funded through the generous donations that are received from businesses and individuals. Taxpayer money is not asked for nor received to bring this high caliber talent to the Festival.
PHOTO CAPTION– Every Spring Morgan Park Summer Music Festival hosts a music talent competition for youth from the North Shore of Nassau County. Competition Winner Tim Cheung, Second Place Winner Patrick Elizalde and Junior Winner Christine Ramirez will headline a special concert of young performers on Sunday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Morgan Park. The concert is free so come and be the first to see America’s next generation of musical talent.
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Morgan Park Summer Music Festival is pleased to announce that the Glen Cove High School Select Chorale has been added to the roster of talented young musicians who will perform in Morgan Park on Sunday, July 12 beginning at 7:30 pm. They will be joining the winners of this year’s Marguerite Suozzi Young Performers Talent Competition for an evening of vocal and instrumental music by exceptional youth from the North Shore of Nassau County.
The Select Chorale is made up of some of the best young voices in Glen Cove. They have been chosen to perform at the Vatican in Rome in January 2016 and are currently working hard to defray the $140,000 that is needed to fund the trip. Earlier this year, the students were asked to perform for President and Mrs. Obama at the White House.