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Cabell Midland student wins concert competition

February 2, 2019 GMT

HUNTINGTON — Cole Bedway, a senior at Cabell Midland High School, won the 58th Young People’s Concert Open Competition for Soloist, sponsored by The Woman’s Club of Huntington in cooperation with the Music Department of Marshall University, Sunday, Jan. 13, at Marshall’s Smith Music Hall.

Cole performed Hungarian Rhapsody for Cello, Op. 68, by David Popper. He was accompanied by Mary Beth Norman. Cole received a $150 award from The Woman’s Club of Huntington and the honor of playing with the Marshall University Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Elizabeth Reed Smith at the Young People’s Concert on March 7 at 10 a.m. at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center. Fifth grade students from public schools in Cabell County and Wayne County as well as private schools and home-schooled students are invited to attend. Other students who auditioned included:


Wyatt McCarty, a senior at Paul G. Blazer High School in Ashland, who received Honorable Mention for his performance on the viola of Concerto in C Minor in the Style of J.S. Bach by Henri Casadeus. His accompanist was Amy Moore.

Natalie Parra, a senior at Calvary Baptist Academy in Hurricane, played Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23, K488, A Major. Her accompanist was Vickie Cavendish.

Christina Sivaprakasam, a junior at George Washington High School in Charleston, played Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26, Movement 1 by Max Bruch. The accompanist was Michael Sivaprakasam.

Alice Zhang, a senior at Fairland High School in Proctorville, played Piano Concerto in Eb Major by Mozart. The accompanist was Mila Markum.

All middle school and high school students from West Virginia and the Tri-State area were eligible to audition.