ROCKPORT – Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School is planning to host the Young Stars of Maine Laureates Concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 6 at Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St.
The Young Stars of Maine program emphasizes the excellence and engagement of emerging Maine musicians in eight different categories, representing a wide range of orientations and genres.
Judges Sarah Tuttle, Nicole Rabata, George Lopez and Katherine Liccardo awarded seven prizes of $ 1,000 to soloists and a chamber music prize to a string quartet. The concert, sponsored by The First National Bank and First National Wealth Management, is free and open to the public; wearing a mask is requested.
Owen Kennedy, a 16-year-old Winthrop fiddler, is the recipient of the Glenn Jenks Future in Music Award. His love of traditional music and his enthusiasm for the stage have charmed audiences from San Diego to the Shetland Islands and across New England. He has been playing the violin for 12 years, starting at Pineland Suzuki School at the age of 4. He has performed with several classical ensembles, including the Mozart Mentors Orchestra and the Mid-Maine Youth Orchestra.
Kennedy is a pupil of the Scottish national violin champion Seán Heely and the master violinist of Maine Ellen Gawler. Whether it’s capturing the jazzy bounce of a Maritime reel, mimicking the bagpipe of a Scottish March or conducting a New England country dance tune, its powerful playing, crisp articulation and artistic ornamentations delight the public. To follow Kennedy’s musical journey, visit fiddlerokennedy.com or find him on social media and YouTube @fiddlerokennedy.
Winner Anna Berkes, cellist, member of the JAKS Quartet who won the Anna Bereziuk and Lindley Wood Prize, is also from Winthrop. She started playing cello at the age of 5 and has studied with Noreen Silver in Bangor since moving from Florida to Maine in 2016.
She has participated in the Kneisel Hall chamber music program for Maine students and the New England Music Camp Chamber Music Intensive. On June 6, the same day as the concert, she graduated from high school a year earlier to continue her studies in music at the University of Maine at Orono.
Other winners of the Young Stars of Maine Award include Anne McKee, a violinist from Islesboro, winner of the Senior Jean and Harvey Picker Award; Charlie Picone, AH Chatfield Jr. Piano Prize Winner, Bangor Pianist; Eleanor Erdman and Diane Nixon, winner of the Emelia Bailey Vocal Excellence Award, Gorham soprano; Ezra Rachlin Award of Excellence winner Anya Atkinson, flutist from Gorham; Elsie Bixler Junior Fellow Annabelle Brooks, pianist from Portland; and the winners of the Anna Bereziuk and Lindley Wood awards, the JAKS Quartet: Joshua Rosenthal (Damariscotta) and Katherine O’Brien (Camden), violins; Sophia Scheck (Waterville), viola; Berkes (Winthrop), cello.
For more information on Bay Chamber Concerts and the Music School, visit baychamber.org or call 207-236-2823.