Springville girl to solo with AF Symphony
A talented young violinist from southern Utah County will join the American Fork Symphony as one of six featured soloists during the symphony’s Salute to Youth concert on Monday, April 27.
Cassidy Erickson, 18, daughter of David and Sharla Erickson of Springville, will perform Concerto in E minor by Mendelssohn during the concert. Five other young soloists from northern Utah County and the Salt Lake City area will also perform concertos with the symphony that evening. On its own, the symphony will perform selections from “Phantom of the Opera” and Waltz from “Masquerade Suite” by Aram Khachaturian.
The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the new auditorium at American Fork Junior High School, 20 W. 1120 North, American Fork. Admission at the door is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 3-18 and $15 for a family pass. Seating is general admission.
Cassidy Erickson began playing the violin when she was 4 years old. She currently studies with Monte Belknap, a professor of violin at Brigham Young University. She participated in the Utah Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra for six years and has participated in the Utah All-State Orchestra during the past three years. She also enjoys playing piano, bass, guitar and viola. Cassidy is headed to BYU this fall to study violin performance.
Approximately 50 youth auditioned for this year’s American Fork Symphony Salute to Youth concert, with six selected to perform with the group. The six soloists represent some of the best youth talent found in the state of Utah. In addition to Cassidy Erickson, the other soloists selected to perform are Alyssa Buck, Amanda Hofheins, Emily McMurtrey, Elizabeth Zhang and Joseph Raty.