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Teen violinist in symphony shows

For the Mirror

Emily Bishop, winner of Federal Way Symphony’s Marjorie Easley Young Artist String Competition, will be the featured violin soloist at the symphony’s “Classical, of Course” concerts this weekend.

The performances are scheduled for Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at St. Luke’s Church, 515 S. 312th St.

Bishop, a junior at Todd Beamer High School, has played with the Tacoma and Seattle youth symphony orchestras. In 2004, she was invited to play with the AllNorthwest Honor Orchestra and the All-State Chamber Orchestra. She also volunteers with Seattle Symphony’s educational program, visiting elementary schools to demonstrate string instruments.

She has played background music at the Tacoma Art Museum and performs at Seattle’s Pike Place Market as a street musician.

For the Federal Way Symphony concerts, she will perform “ The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto,” composed by Chen Gang and He Zhan-hao in 1959.

The program also will include Richard Wagner’s “Overture to Die Meistersinger” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor .

Tickets ($25 for adults, $20 for seniors) will be available at the door or can be ordered from the symphony at (253) 529-9857 and Admission is free for anyone 18 and under.

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