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'Music on the Hill' features young local talent
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Posted: 2013 Nov 22 - 06:32

By Amanda Hatfield Anderson

Staff writer

SUNTREE -- Some of tomorrow's brightest stars will rise this Sunday at a free, music-filled event.

The Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard will host "Music on the Hill," a free concert, entirely produced and emceed by young, aspiring entertainers, on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 4 p.m. at Friendship Fellowship Church at Pineda.

The Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard was founded in 2007 and is a nonprofit organization that aims to provide assistance and support to creative artists of Brevard County, with exceptional talents in the music, drama, dance, literature and visual arts fields.

"I'm one of the founders, who found it somewhere," joked Marshall Frank, president of the Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard. "I'm the president, but you don't have to call me 'Mr. President.'"

Despite his comedic tendencies, Mr. Frank's foundation provides young performers with grants, tuition assistance and performance opportunities. "Music on the Hill" is one of the foundation's many events to do so.

Sunday's performance features three beamingly bright Brevard stars, Daniel Grest, 15, Rachel Ho, 16, and Ellie Richter, 13.

No stranger to the "Music on the Hill" stage is Daniel Grest, who has appeared in the production twice before. A sophomore, who is homeschooled, Mr. Grest is an outstanding vocalist and will soon grace the stage as "Rolf" in "The Sound of Music at the Henegar Center.

"Daniel Grest was our Brevard's Got Music Talent third-place winner in 2011, when he was just 12 years old," Mr. Frank said. "We also assisted his financial needs in being accepted into the prestigious American Boy Choir in Princeton in 2011-12."

At Sunday's performance, Mr. Grest will perform classical and show tunes.

Another "Music on the Hill" veteran is violinist Rachel Ho, a junior at West Shore Junior/Senior High School. Ms. Ho is part of the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra's mentorship program and participates in its professional Masterworks Concerts.

Also a violist, Ms. Ho is currently the Concertmaster for the Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra.

"Rachel was a finalist in the Brevard's Got Music Talent show at the Henegar in 2013, and has performed in one 'Music on the Hill' show," Mr. Frank said.

Rounding out Sunday's performance is Ellie Richter, an eighth-grader who is homeschooled. A Viera resident, Ms. Richter has studied classical piano for seven years and has earned superior ratings each of the four times she has entered the Federation of Music Clubs district competitions.

The young concert pianist enjoys spending her free time with friends and family, as well as swimming, reading and singing in her church choir.

"Ellie Richter was also a finalist in the Brevard's Got Music Talent show in 2013 at the Henegar," Mr. Frank said. "Sunday will be her first 'Music on the Hill' performance."

Excited for what promises to be another thrilling show, Mr. Frank welcomes the Space Coast community to Sunday's Music on the Hill.

"The show is fun, comfortable, enlightening and personal," he said. "Each will be performing their recital choices, and their dream is to have a place to perform and show their accomplishments as practiced musicians."

The Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard will host "Music on the Hill" on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 4 p.m. at Friendship Fellowship church at Pineda.

The show is free, but attendees are asked to provide a monetary donation.

Friendship Fellowship Church is located at 3115 Friendship Place, Suntree.

For more information about the monthly "Music on the Hill" concerts or other programs provided by the Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard, call (321) 254-3398 or visit www.CreativeArtsBrevard.org.

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