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PAFE People at Seattle Symphony

June 20, 2011 - At Gerard Schwartz's final concert as Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, several PAFE people gave tributes to the legacy of Maestro Schwartz at the beginning of the concert. Karissa Zadinsky, wearing a lovely floor length purple gown, gave a very nice tribute to the youth and educational programs of the Symphony under Schwartz's leadership. Karissa was the 2010 PAFE Concerto Playoff competition winner.

Encore, the Symphony's programs for June and July, included pictures and biographies for Benjamin Richardson, Christina Siemens, and Michael Miropolsky who were all featured soloists in the Samuel Jones Celebration concert on June 3rd, and have significant connections to the PAFE festival.

Benjamin, age 12, won First Place in both Cello Solo and Cello Concerto entries in the 2011 PAFE Festival. He has been singing with the Northwest Boy Choir since he was 5 years old and playing cello since age 3. He has sung boy soprano solos with the Seattle Symphony, the Port Angeles Symphony, and with the Northwest Boy choir. He has also sung the title role in Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors".

Christina Siemens' parents are both PAFE volunteers. Her mom, Inge, served lunches and her dad, Bernhard, transported adjudicators to and from the airport for the 2011 PAFE Festival. Christina is a soprano soloist and a full time company pianist for the Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Michael Miropolsky, is a violinist with the Seattle Symphony and was a judge for the Concerto Playoff Competition at the 2011 PAFE Festival.

Soprano Rachel DeShon, a former PAFE winner will be performing with Marvin Hamlish and the Seattle Symphony in the Holiday Pops series at Benaroya Hall in December 2011.

How exciting for us at PAFE to be working with such quality musicians, and to have their contributions appreciated throughout the Puget Sound region. Congratulations to one and all.

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