By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
BREVARD -- Some of the Space Coast's most talented youth will host a night full of wonderful music, while giving back to those in need.
On Sunday, April 6, the Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra will host its eighth annual Concerto Competition Winners' Recital at Suntree United Methodist Church, beginning at 3:30 p.m.
The concert is free and will feature three teen winners of the annual competition, along with the group's Philharmonic orchestra and select chamber music ensembles.
The BSYO requests that concert attendees bring a canned good or nonperishable food item for the "Orchestra's Feeding America" national food drive.
Lourdes Quintero, executive director of the BSYO, is excited for the winners of this year's Concerto Competition to share their talents with Brevard residents.
"We began the competition with 13 candidates," she said. "Round one was held on Dec. 9, 2013, and round two was held on Jan. 20. Participants were judged on tone quality, intonation, rhythm, technique, interpretation, musicianship and bowing for strings and articulation for woodwinds."
Rachel Ho, 16, of Melbourne, was named the competition winner. Ms. Ho, who is a junior at West Shore Junior/Senior High School, is a viola player and will perform the "Viola Concerto in G Minor" by Cecil Forsyth.
Tomas Lopez, 15, of Melbourne was the winning violinist for this year's competition. A Satellite High School student, Mr. Lopez will perform the "Violin Concerto in E Minor" by Felix Mendelssohn.
Rounding out this year's competition winners is another Satellite High School student, Aleyna Brown. A flute player, Ms. Brown, 17, is a senior and will perform "Fantasie Brillante" from "Carmen" by Geroges Bizet.
For the past seven years, the BSYO has participated in the "Orchestras Feeding America" food drive, collecting an average of 600 pounds of food each year.
"We look most forward to the giving back to the community through both collecting canned and dry foods and sharing the incredible talent of the young musicians of the BSYO," Mrs. Quintero said.
In total, the BSYO has donated more than two tons of food for "Orchestras Feeding America."
"People do not want to miss the chance of listening to the wonderfully talented, young musicians of the BSYO, while giving back to the community through the 'Orchestras Feeding America' program," Mrs. Quintero said. "Plus, it's free!"
The Brevard Symphony Orchestra will host the eighth annual Concerto Competition Winners' Recital on Sunday, April 6 at Suntree United Methodist Church.
Sunday's performance begins at 3:30 p.m. and is free with the donation of a canned good or nonperishable food item.
Suntree United Methodist Church is located at 7400 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
For more information about the BSYO, call (321) 216-7804 or visit www.BSYO.us.
Most needed food for the 'Orchestras Feeding America' food drive:
Macaroni & cheese
Canned fruit & vegetables
Fruit juices/sip-sized juices
Items 'Orchestras Feeding America' cannot accept:
Items in glass jars or bottles
Unlabeled or dented cans
Any open or resealed packaging
Clothing, diapers and other non-food items
Information provided by the League of American Orchestras and Feeding America