Child prodigies to perform with Mercyhurst string orchestra

Child prodigies Sirena Huang, a 9-year-old award-winning violinist from Hartford, Conn.; and Benjamin Brookstone, 14, of Washington, D.C., a violinist who already has graced the concert stage at Carnegie Hall; will perform during a concert of the Mercyhurst College string orchestra on Saturday, April 17, at 8 p.m. in Walker Recital Hall of the Audrey Hirt Academic Center. 

The free, public concert will feature the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Vaughan Williams, and Ernest Bloch. Huang and Brookstone will be the soloists in Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra in D Minor. 

Both Huang and Brookstone have been students of Mercyhurst assistant professor of music Dr. Rossitza Goza, taking lessons from her during an intense six-week ENCOREsummer music school in Hudson, Ohio.

Huang recently won the international Enesco Competition in Rumania and the Juilliard School Concerto Competition. She also was selected as one of 11 “Exceptional Young Artists” worldwide at the Starling-DeLay Symposium for violin study at the Juilliard School, and she was the youngest ever to participate in the event.

Brookstone is a winner of the Russian American Young Virtuosi Competition, and has performed at Carnegie Hall. In addition, he has performed at the World Bank benefit concert on behalf of Kosovo refugee children; as a guest soloist with the Shenandoah Conservatory; at the Canadian Embassy and the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.

“It’s going to be a spectacular evening,” promised Goza, whose husband David, will be guest conductor for the event.

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