Local students chosen to play at Carnegie HallWritten by Sanya Ali | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Carnegie Hall is considered by aspiring performers to be a sort of mecca. Legends such as The New York Philharmonic and Benny Goodman are just a few of the names that have graced the legendary stage.
Perrysburg Junior High’s Lang Liang and Ottawa Hills Junior High’s Will Rand will soon join the ranks of those legends.
Liang, 14, will play viola alongside the Honors Junior Orchestra on June 28. Rand, 14, will play French horn with the Honors Band.
Liang and Rand auditioned for the spots in the fall and were selected after review in front of the Honors Review Board.
“I had to practice the song for a few months and send a recording to the Junior Orchestra,” Liang said.
Liang, a musician for seven years, is a member of the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Greater Toledo International Youth Orchestra. His music instructor is Yang Kun Song.
Rand has been playing since 2010 under the instruction of Julie Swank and Alan Taplin. He said he looks forward to being able to play in such a notorious location.
“I have been told many times that Carnegie Hall is a place where music seems to be permeating the atmosphere all of the time,” Rand said. “It is a place where music blesses all who walk inside. I cannot wait to get to experience and participate in the music in such a place.”
The chosen musicians will get together for five days to tour New York, learn from famed composer and conductor Kirt Mosier and work with other finalists before the event.
Liang said he intends to spend time practicing, as his audition process is not yet over.
“I hope to get that first chair spot in the orchestra, which I have to play a solo audition for,” Liang said. “There’s like a nine-hour rehearsal.”
Rand said he wants to get in some sightseeing along with his rigorous practice schedule.
“I hope to meet lots of different musicians from all over the continent,” Rand said. “I look forward to playing with them and getting to know them. I also hope to see many things in New York City that I have never seen before: Central Park, many museums like the Museum of Natural History, the Statue of Liberty, and just the general culture of a fantastic city.”
Both boys have many supporters to thank.
“I’d first like to thank my parents for providing me with financial support for driving me to competitions,” Liang said. “I’d also like to thank my teacher for letting me know about this program at Carnegie Hall and giving me training so that I would make it.”
“I would like to thank my horn teachers who have taught me everything I know,” Rand said. “They have been wonderful guides and mentors who have helped me grow as a musician. I would also like to thank my wonderful band director, Michael Leeds, who has shaped and inspired the way I view music.”
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