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PCAC awards for young artists

Day of performances ends with presentations

The Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council presented its annual awards in music and visual arts recently after a day of auditioning and viewing the art works of 44 talented high school students.

The event took place at Parkview Assisted Living Facility with many residents in the audience as well as parents, who all enjoyed seeing the broad range of musical instruments and visual art styles.

In one room, 11 young artists exhibited three artistic renderings each and spoke about their pieces. Judges Beth Okurowski and Vivian Hare encouraged them to talk of their passion for art, their artistic themes, their media and what they intended to accomplish in each work.

"The art work was rich in variety and creativity," event chairman Dave Wright said.

The top finishers were:

* First place: Jiahua Liang for a prize of $1,000.

* Second place: Robin Hong, $500.

* Third place: Phaedra Hageman, $300.

For the music awards, 33 students performed in room with a baby grand piano -- used for solo performances as well as for accompanists -- to a mostly senior audience. Judges were Bob Williams, director of the Pleasanton Community Concert Band, and Cindy Browne Rosefield, recently head of Las Positas Music Department.

Talented students held forth individually with piano, violin, trombone, bassoon, voice, clarinet and cello. One musician played a Chinese stringed instrument, the guzheng.

"There was plenty of pizzazz and technical versatility among the contestants," Wright said.

The top finishers were:

* First place: Andrew Choi, violin, for a prize of $1,000, with a virtuoso classical performance.

* Second place: Arnor Chu, marimba, (accompanied by Nina Lim) for a prize of $500, performing a selection he had composed.

* Third place: Minzae Kim, violin, for a prize of $300 for her performance of a Mendelssohn concerto.

"PCAC hopes that all of the student contestants will cherish the further study of their art, and continue to enrich themselves and others by sharing it," Wright said. "Bravo!"

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