4 excellent reasons to catch a rising star with WDPR

It's true what they say about stars: it's so much fun to catch them while they are on the way up.

Classical 88.1 WDPR will celebrate some of Dayton's best up-and-coming young musicians during its black-tie optional Catch a Rising Star Gala at 7 p.m.  Friday, May 1, at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 2600 Deweese Parkway in Dayton.

Tickets are $88.10.

Click here to purchase tickets online or contact Bradley at (937) 496-3850 or roseb@dpr.org.

Benjamin Gittens
Maya Vansuch
Spencer Sharp

Spencer Sharp began playing the violin at age 4 where it was apparent at an early age that he had a special connection with the violin and performance. By age 6 he was on stage charming audiences at local clubs, churches, and events. In the past 4 years, Spencer has won more than 18 Young Artist competitions, local, national and international. He was the youngest Grand Prize winner ever in the 2013 Mary Lane Memorial Violin Competition presented by the Women in Music of Columbus organization. In 2012, Spencer made his solo debut at Carnegie Hall with an encore second solo in 2013. Spencer was a 2014 finalist in Discover Classical’s Young Talent Search and in June, 2015, Spencer will perform solo at American Protege's International Honors Gala Concert at Carnegie Hall's Isaac Stern Hall. Spencer studies with Gabe Pegis, Principal Second Violinist in the Cincinnati Symphony.

Elsie Bradley

Elsie Bradley picked up the harp when she was seven years old and has been perfecting her technique for the last nine years. She began her instruction with Bobbie Strobhar, coordinator of the Dayton Area Harp Ensemble, and is now a student of Stephanie Llacuna. Elsie is a member of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and is a junior at Stivers School for the Arts where she "could have a chance to play with an orchestra every day."

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