ST. PETERSBURG - For the second year, the Chamber Music Workshop is giving 36 talented young musicians a crack at working directly with professionals of the highest caliber and then showing the public what they've learned.
Amy Schwartz Moretti, concertmaster of the Florida Orchestra for the past five seasons (she soon moves on to the same post at the Oregon Symphony), is artistic director for the workshop. She leads a faculty that includes Mark Sforzini (principal bassoon of the Florida Orchestra), Demarre McGill (principal flute of the orchestra, soon going to the same position at the San Diego Symphony Orchestra), Lei Liu (violin/viola), Sarah Shellman (violin), Lane Lederer (oboe), J. Brian Moorhead (clarinet), Daniel Jordan (violin) and Scott Kluksdahl (cello).
The wind and string students, who are middle-school through college age, won their spots through auditions, and have been studying for 10 days at the Mahaffey Theater for the program, sponsored by Bay Area Music Inc.
Their free public concert is at 7 p.m. Friday at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. For more information about the Chamber Music Workshop, visit www.bayareamusicinc.com