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Noah Waddell, winner of Tampa Bay Symphony’s annual Young Artist Competition
The spring concerts of the Tampa Bay Symphony, under Music Director and Conductor Mark Sforzini, will feature Noah Waddell, winner of Tampa Bay Symphony’s annual Young Artist Competition, who will play the first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

He is from Fort Myers and studies with Leonidas Lipovetsky and Margarita Shevchenko. He is the 2013 winner of the Florida Federation of Music Clubs State Senior concerto contest, and at age 12 was the youngest winner in the 76 years of this event. He has won more than ten other competitions, too. He appeared on the PBS television show, Curious Kids, and was featured on NBC and Wink TV as a child prodigy who gives back to the local community. Every week, he plays classical music on the grand piano in the atrium at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers.

“Noah’s Concert for the Kids” at the Big Arts Performance Center on Sanibel Island raised more $30,000 for a new children’s hospital.

The theme of the spring concerts is “A Lively Celebration.” Also on the program are Dvorak’s Carnival Overture and The Three-Cornered Hat by Manuel de Falla.

Performances will be Sunday, April 27, at 4 p.m. in Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center, Tampa; Tuesday, April 29, at 8 p.m. at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N in downtown St. Petersburg; and Sunday, May 4, at 4 p.m. in the Arts Auditorium, St. Petersburg College Clearwater campus, 2465 Drew St. in Clearwater.

Tickets at the door are $20 for adults and free for students, who must show student ID if they are 18 or over. Open seating - no reservations.

The Tampa Bay Symphony has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support member and audience development. As part of the grant project, the orchestra has launched a new series, “Symphonic Chats,” to entertain and educate audience members about symphonic music. On Thursday, April 24, at 6 p.m., Mark Sforzini will present an “up close and personal” Symphonic Chat at Opera Central, 2145 First Ave S, St. Petersburg.

Maestro Sforzini will give highlights from the works on the program and answer questions from the audience. Tickets to the Symphonic Chat are $15 at the door or $12 in advance. Call the Opera Central box office, 727-823-2040.

The Tampa Bay Symphony has more than 80 classically-trained volunteer players, many of them music teachers and others who have played professionally. Mark Sforzini, who is also a composer and was principal bassoonist with the Florida Orchestra for fifteen seasons, continues as executive and artistic director of St. Petersburg Opera.

For more information, visit www.T­ampaB­aySym­phony­.org.
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