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Lincoln-Way East student announced as 2018 Youth Concerto Competition Winner
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

On March 3, 2018 the Southwest Symphony Orchestra and its director, David L. Crane, announced Lincoln-Way East flutist Evan Curatolo as the 2018 Southwest Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition winner.

Curatolo, 18, is a senior at Lincoln-Way East High School. He studies flute performance with Dr. Jennifer Gosack Darwell.

Curatolo has achieved multiple musical honors, including earning positions in the ILMEA All-District and All-State Honor Bands, as well as in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Music for All Honor Band of America. He recently auditioned nation-wide at various music colleges and conservatories, and was just accepted into the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

Curatolo will be performing the Flute Concertino in D Major by Chaminade with the Southwest Symphony Orchestra at their April 29 concert.

“I am thrilled to have been chosen as this year’s Youth Concerto Competition winner and I am especially looking forward to playing this featured piece,” says Curatolo. “It will give me the opportunity to experience what I hope to be a glimpse of my own musical future. Additionally, my private flute instructor is currently a member of the SSO, so that also gives me the privilege of playing with her and her colleagues in a respected symphony. Music is how I truly express myself, and it’s an honor to be able to play a part in their season finale.”

The St. Xavier University Chorale, under the direction of Jacquelyn Thompson, and the Skokie Concert Choir, under the direction of Candice Crane, will be joining the SSO in performing Old American Songs by Copland. In addition, the SSO will complete the afternoon by performing Symphony No. 1 by Brahms.

The concert will begin at 4:00 p.m. at Trinity Christian College's Ozinga Auditorium, 6601 West College Drive, Palos Heights, Illinois. Tickets for the concert can be purchased at http://www.southwestsymphony.com.