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.

Cas­sidy Erick­son

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