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Six young artists are already starting their careers as competition winners.

Chosen from among 18 competitors, ages 9 to 18, the four pianists and two violinists took top honors at the recent annual competition co-sponsored by the Orange Coast Cities branch of the Music Teacher’s Assn. of California and Saddleback College.

The competition gives young artists the chance to play in public.

The winners are scheduled to perform with the Saddleback Symphony tonight at 8 on the Mission Viejo campus.

The pianists include:

- David Brooks, 14, a freshman at Laguna Hills High School, who will play the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25.


- Joanne Kim, 17, of Huntington Beach, and Laura Leong, 17, of Whittier, both seniors at Cornelia Connelly School of the Holy Child in Anaheim, will play the first movement of Mozart’s Concerto No. 10 for Two Pianos in E-flat, K. 365.

- Victoria Park, 17, a junior at Irvine High School, will play Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11.

The violinists are:

- Sachiko Tanaka, 13, of Mission Viejo, who will play Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D, K. 218. Tanaka is a student at La Paz Intermediate School in Mission Viejo.

- Jane Fennelly, 17, of San Clemente, a student at San Clemente High School, will perform Lalo’s “Symphonie Espagnole.”

Two free concerts will be given this weekend:

- Tonight at 8:15, the Orange County chapters of the American Guild of Organists and the Choral Conductors Guild will present a “Winter Festival of Music” concert at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church of Newport Beach.

Participants will include the choirs and organists of St. Andrew’s, the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove and Trinity Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana. The program will include music by Brahms, Max Reger, Maurice Durufle and others.


The concert is free, but a free-will donation will be accepted.

- Sunday night at 7, the Women’s Chorus and the Chamber Orchestra of UC Irvine will perform works by Dufay, Schubert, Brahms, Kodaly and Pablo Casals at the Harbor Christian Church, 2401 Irvine Ave. in Newport Beach. The free program is sponsored by the UCI School of Fine Arts.

Tenor Jonathan Mack, harpist Mindy Ball and French horn player James Thatcher will be soloists on the Pacific Symphony Chamber music series at 8 p.m. Monday at South Coast Repertory.

Mack and Ball will be soloists in Britten’s “A Birthday Hansel.” Mack and Thatcher will team up for Britten’s “Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.”

Ball also will play Marcel Grandjany’s “Aria in Classic Style for Harp and String Orchestra,” composed in 1951.

Ball and Thatcher are members of the Pacific Symphony. Mack has given concerts throughout the Southland and performed as a soloist in opera houses in Germany.

They will be accompanied by members of the Pacific Symphony, led by Keith Clark, who also will conduct Mozart’s Serenade No. 6 in D, “Serenata Notturno,” K. 239.