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Mondavi Center hosts finals for 14th annual Young Artists Competition / davis enterprise

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Talented young pianists, string players and vocalists will be converging on Davis during the last weekend of April, as the Mondavi Center hosts the finals for the 14th annual Young Artists Competition, which draws participants from around the nation.

Lara Downes, the organizer of the competition, explained the format: "We are starting out the Finals weekend on Friday evening (April 27) at 8 p.m., with a showcase featuring this year's Founders Division finalists - eight supremely gifted young singers identified through live auditions in New York, L.A., Detroit, Winston-Salem and Davis," she said. "With our focus this year on the art of American song, these young artists will present a range of music by American composers, from well-known favorites by Bernstein and Gershwin to new works by some of today's most exciting (and very much alive) composers. Sheri Greenawald, director of the San Francisco Opera Center, will coach these talented young singers in what promises to be an intimate, energetic and collaborative evening of great American songs."

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