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ProMusica youth series strikes up

POSTED: January 17, 2013 12:30 a.m.

The ProMusica Concert Series will start up for 2013 with a selection of youth-oriented concerts by some notable young virtuosos titled “Music for the Mind, Body & Mood.”

The first concert will take place Wednesday, Jan. 23, at North Georgia Christian School, 4903 Chestnut Mountain Circle in Flowery Branch. The 10 a.m. performance will feature a violinist and cellist, both of whom currently play with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Keanu Mitanga began playing the violin at age 4 with violin teacher Martha Yasuda. At the age of 9, he auditioned for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program successfully with his first Mozart Concerto (A Major), and has been a member ever since. He also auditioned successfully for the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra last year, where he now holds the position of principal second violin.

Mitanga has taken lessons from or participated in masterclasses held by Alan Bodman, the Manhattan String Quartet, Steven Moeckel, Samantha George and Professor Tong Wei Dong of the BeiJing Conservatory. He has been coached in chamber groups by Jan Mark Sloman, Steven Rochen, Steven Moeckel, Gary Hammond, Martha Gerschefski and Rhonda Respess. Mitanga has played under numerous notable conductors and has received masterclasses from Alan Bodman, the Manhattan String Quartet and several chamber groups.

Myrtil Mitanga started playing the cello at age 4. In 2004, she was admitted to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program where she continued her studies. In 2008, she successfully auditioned for the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra at the youngest possible age.

In spring 2011 and again in 2012, she won the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra Scholarship Competition and attended the Meadowmount School of Music to study with Hans Jensen.

She is the currently the principal cellist in the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. She was also accepted into the semifinal round of the National Sphinx Competition 2012. She has studied privately with Astrid Scwheen from the University of Massachusetts, Melissa Kraut from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Tahirah Whittington from the Ritz Chamber Players and Hans Jorgen Jensen from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music.

The ProMusica Concert Series has brought music performed by world-class musicians to the Gainesville area for more than 50 years. In 2009, ProMusica expanded its mission through partnerships with other organizations to support those most in need within the community.

ProMuisca Concert Series offers free admission to students of any age elementary through college. To ensure ticket availability, request for student tickets should be made in advance of the concert by contacting the ProMusica office at 770-0967-2768. Adult tickets are $20.

The next concert in the series will be Jan. 29 featuring the talents of violinist Bojidara Kouzmanova and Virginia Luque on classical guitar. The final concert will be Feb. 17 featuring Yoonie Han on piano.

For more information on the concerts and to order tickets, call 770-967-2768 or visit the website,


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