Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - February 4, 2011

Of Note

Young musicians performing with symphony

Pleasanton violinist Da Eun Kim, one of the winners of the Livermore-Amador Symphony's annual Competition for Young Musicians, will be a featured soloist on its program Feb. 12 along with harpist Anna Lorenz of Livermore. The program, "Youth Soloists Musical Panorama," will begin at 8 p.m. at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore with Kim performing the Violin Concerto No. 2 of Henryk Wieniawski, and Lorenz, the Danses Sacree et Profane for harp by Claude Debussy.

Kim, who began studying the violin at the age of 5, is a sophomore at Amador Valley High School, where she is concertmistress of the school's orchestra. Lorenz, a home-schooled high school junior, began studying the harp when she was 8 and has appeared with several Bay Area orchestras including the Castro Valley Chamber Orchestra.

The program for the evening will also feature Gioachino Rossini's William Tell Overture, Jean Sibelius' Karelia Suite, Chabrier's Espana Rhapsody, and Khachaturian's Masquerade Suite, which ends in an exhilarating "gallop." Bob Williams, LAS Assistant Conductor and Peter Curzon, LAS orchestra member, will give pre-concert talks beginning at 7 p.m. For tickets, call 373-6800.

Greg Soyka earns Eagle rank

Greg Soyka of Troop 948 recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America and his Court of Honor will be held this summer. For his project, he designed, managed and participated in the construction of two 8-foot-long wooden bleachers for inside the structure at the Alviso Adobe Park on Foothill Road in Pleasanton. The bleachers will be used by school children and others attending field trips and nature seminars.

Soyka began Scouting as a Cub in the second grade. As a Webelos Scout he earned the Arrow of Light, the highest rank a Cub Scout can earn. During his time in Troop 948, sponsored by the Centerpointe Presbyterian Church, he served as Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Den Chief, Instructor and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. He completed Brownsea National Youth Leadership Training, was on Brownsea staff and is a member of the Order of the Arrow.

He has logged more than 75 nights camping and more than 300 miles hiking while in Scouting, including two trips to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. He is a graduate of Foothill High School and is currently a student at the University of Nevada, where he is studying civil engineering.

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