Youth Competition Winners to Perform with Minnesota Sinfonia

Minneapolis, MN, October 19, 2013 --( The Minnesota Sinfonia presents Music for the Season in continuation of its 25th anniversary celebrations featuring, the 2013 Junior Young Artist Competition winner, violinist Emera Gurath, and the 2013 Senior Young Artist Competition winner, Mark Prihodko. Concerts will be held at Arlington Hills Lutheran Church in St. Paul on November 22 and Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis on November 23.

The program will include a variety of seasonal favorites, great Broadway show tunes and music from the movies.

Emera is a student of Doosook Kim, Concertmaster of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. Growing up in Sioux Falls, SD, she began studying violin at the age of 4 with Maria Peters. She is a founding member of the South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra and in addition to the violin, is an honor student in school, as well as taking part in student council, running track, playing the clarinet in school band, and singing in the school chorus.

Mark moved to the United States after living in Belarus and studying under renowned cellist Vladimir Perlin. He now studies cello with Tanya Remenikov at the University of Minnesota. In addition to winning the Senior Young Artist Competition, Mark has won numerous international competitions including the Russian Rotary Children’s Music Competition and the Schubert Club Competition.

Concerts will be held 7 p.m. Friday, November 22 at Arlington Hills Lutheran Church at 1115 Greenbrier Street in St. Paul, and 2 p.m. Saturday, November 23 at Basilica of St. Mary at 88 N. 17th Street Minneapolis. Admission is free and children are always welcome to attend. Audience members should arrive early—all concerts are first-come, first-seated.

Additional Minnesota Sinfonia concert information, as well as information about the Young Artist Competition, is available at 612-871-1701 or

The Minnesota Sinfonia is a professional chamber orchestra whose mission is to serve the musical and educational needs of the citizens of Minnesota, especially families with children, inner-city youth, seniors and those with limited financial means. The Sinfonia plays concerts for over 25,000 people each year, and is the only professional orchestra of its kind, offering all concerts free of admission charges, welcoming children to every performance, and dedicating over half its services to inner-city schools. Founded in 1989 by Artistic Director Jay Fishman, the Minnesota Sinfonia is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization supported by corporate, foundation and individual contributors. For more information, to make a donation, or for a list of upcoming performances, visit or call 612-871-1701.

For Calendars: Minnesota Sinfonia Seasonal Favorites: featuring Emera Gurath, violin and Mark Prihodko,cello. Friday, November 22, 7 p.m. at Arlington Hills Lutheran Church at 1115 Greenbrier Street in St. Paul and Saturday, November 23, 2 pm at Basilica of St. Mary at 88 N. 17th Street Minneapolis. Free. 612.871.1701.
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