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Monday, May 29 Entertainment

Stars of the future? Young musicians compete at UB

Over the years, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony’s competitions to identify and celebrate gifted and engaging young musicians have developed quite the positive track record.

First-place awards in the GBS’ Young Instrumentalists competitions have sparked the solo careers of a number of well-known current and former state residents, including pianists Alex Beyer and Andrew Armstrong, violinist Alexander Markov and cellist Allison Eldridge.

GBS Executive Director Mark Halstead announced the finals for this year’s event will take place on Sunday, March 26, at the University of Bridgeport’s Bernhard Arts Center. Funding is through a grant from the Hersher Family Foundation.

The competition is open to Connecticut musicians ages 11-19. Last year’s competition winner, Julian Shively, of Trumbull, performed a cello solo with the GBS at its December concert.

GBS Maestro Eric Jacobsen said putting gifted kids in the spotlight “doesn’t happen enough in the world today, and the GBS is thrilled to engage with Connecticut’s young minds.”

University of Bridgeport’s Bernhard Arts Center, Iranistan and University avenues. Sunday, March 26, at 1 p.m. Free. 203-576-0263, bptsym.org

Phyllis A.S. Boros|Senior Arts/Entertainment Writer

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