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Bassoonist Isaac Sanabria played in the Symphony Orchestra last year and is excited to return to Concerto Night as a soloist

The BYU Symphony Orchestra will feature six student soloists — the winners of the annual concerto competition for first and second-year students — in their March 5 Concerto Night. 

“These soloists represent our finest up-and-coming music majors in the BYU School of Music,” said Symphony Orchestra director Christian Smith. “The program will include works by Rachmaninoff, MacDowell, Weber, Sibelius, Barber and Puccini. It is always a pleasure for the orchestra to collaborate with such gifted musicians.”

The student musicians — Porter Fife and Avery Gunnell on piano, Judy Jacob and Audrey Quinn on violin, Ellie Warner with vocal performance and Isaac Sanabria on bassoon — were selected after an audition process during the Fall 2019 semester. 

“I really wanted to push myself beyond my musical and technical limits by auditioning for the concerto competition this year,” said Sanabria, who will perform “Andante and Hungarian Rondo” by Carl Maria von Weber. I’ve always considered the concerto concerts to be among the most thrilling and awe-inspiring concerts held each year; it’s very exciting to hear my peers showcase their talents, and it definitely inspires me to be a better musician.”

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