Symphony welcomes young talent to the stage

Burnsville High School senior Kristina Butler was one of two winners of the Dakota Valley Symphony’s annual Young Artists’ Competition held in January. She’ll be performing with the local orchestra on April 28. (Photo submitted)

Burnsville High School senior Kristina Butler was one of two winners of the Dakota Valley Symphony’s annual Young Artists’ Competition held in January. She’ll be performing with the local orchestra on April 28. (Photo submitted)

Two talented high school musicians will be taking the stage with the Dakota Valley Symphony this month.

As the winners of the Dakota Valley Symphony’s annual Young Artists’ Competition held in January, Burnsville High School’s Kristina Butler and Eden Prairie High School’s Michelle Gomez each earned a spot in the local orchestra’s April 28 concert at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center.

Butler, a vocalist who will be performing a piece from Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate at the concert, is also a flutist and has appeared in numerous community and high school theater productions. The Burnsville High senior, who plans to attend St. Olaf College in the fall, credits her growth as a musician to spending the past three summers training at Lutheran Summer Music Academy.

Gomez will be showcasing her talents on the cello at the Dakota Valley Symphony concert. The Eden Prairie High School sophomore started playing at age 5 and has been studying at MacPhail Center for Music since moving to the Twin Cities in 2009. This summer she will be touring Europe with MacPhail and the Suzuki Association.

Also of note at the April 28 performance, the Dakota Valley Symphony will be presenting new work by composer Victor Zupanc, music director of the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis.

The piece, titled “The Burning Wisdom of Finn McCool,” was commissioned through the orchestra by Beverly Grossman and will be narrated by humorist Kevin Kling.

Tickets for the concert range from $5 to $16. More information is at www.burnsvillepac.com.

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