2 Teens Play Way to Prestigious Music Camp



What: Benefit Concert

When: June 7, 3 p.m.

Where: First Presbyterian Church of Redding, 2315 Placer St.

Why: Send two Shasta High School musicians to an arts camp

How: Concert donations

More info: here

When Shasta HIgh School juniors Michael Eby and Anthoni Polcari perform at A Benefit Concert on June 7, they’ll be participating in the very fundraiser that hopes to cover the young musicians’ transportation and tuition costs to Interlochen Art Camp at Interlochen, Mich., this summer

A Benefit Concert is sponsored by the Sundial Chamber Players, an auxiliary of the Shasta County Arts Council, a non-profit organization that has pledged $500 scholarships to help pay the young men’s way to the prestigious arts/music camp.

Other musicians will also perform during A Benefit Concert, including Simpson University Chamber Musicians, Dr. Dwayne Corbin, as well as other string and wind ensembles.

About the Artists:

Michael Eby, 16, performs with the Shasta High School Orchestra and serves as Assistant Concertmaster of the Shasta Symphony in Redding. Michael has attended summer music workshops at Humboldt State University and University of the Pacific and Chico State University and The Mark O’Connor music workshop in San Diego. He has won Command Performances at the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) in Chico and Sacramento and has soloed with the Paradise Symphony performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto (click below to see his MySpace video of that performance).

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in e minor

He was the 2008 California State Champion Fiddler and a finalist at the National Fiddle Contest in Weiser, Idaho. Michael began studying violin at the age of 2, and currently studies with Chico violinist David Mallory.

Anthoni Polcari, 17, is a Shasta High School junior who’s played cello for 14 years, starting at age 3. He has been a member of the North State Symphony for three years, Principal Cello with the Simpson Sinfonia, and is active in the Shasta High School Madrigals, musicals, and concerts throughout the year as Principal Cello. He won second place for the Young Artist with the North State Orchestra in 2008 and 2009. Anthoni was chosen to participate in the All State Orchestra at the 2008 CMEA convention in Sacramento. He has studied privately with Michael Reynolds (Muir String Quartet) and participated in the University of the Pacific Summer Camps (2006-2008). He plays both jazz and classical in many different settings, including string quartets, jazz combos, and with the Straight Ahead Big Band, where he plays stand-up bass.

Photo courtesy of Interlochen Arts Camp

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