The Quincy Symphony Orchestra will feature two of the area’s most talented high school musicians in their 'French Grandeur' concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 10 at Quincy Junior High School. The QSO and the winning young artists are under the baton of Music Director Bruce Briney.

The soloists, winners of the 58th annual Young Artists Competition, are Vivian Li and Nick Scholz. The purpose of the Young Artists competition is to provide outstanding high school musicians the opportunity to perform as a concert soloist, accompanied by a symphony orchestra.

Mr. Scholz, a senior at Quincy Notre Dame, will perform Claude Debussy’s 'Rapsodie for Orchestra and Saxophone.'

Miss Li, a junior at Macomb High School, will perform the third movement of Felix Mendelssohn’s 'Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor.'

In keeping with the young musician focus, the QSO will host the Quincy Area Youth Orchestra for the concert opener, sharing a side-by-side performance of two movements of Claude Debussy’s 'Petite Suite' under the direction of QAYO Conductor Trent Hollinger.

Quincy organist Rhonda Basinger will be the featured artist in Camile Saint-Saens’ 'Symphony No. 3 in C Minor.'

Tickets will be available at the door or may be purchased in advance from the Symphony office at 200 N. 8th, at Quincy Hy-Vee stores, or from Sturhahn Jewelers, 2801 Broadway. The cost is $15 for adults and $12 for seniors.Thanks in part to support from the Tracy Family Foundation, children 18 and under are admitted free to all QSO concerts, and are encouraged to attend.

Concert-goers are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to benefit the Lutheran Church of St. John’s food pantry. Additionally, the QSOA will kick off its annual fundraising raffle and appreciates support from the community. Raffle tickets will be for sale at the concert for $10 each, and are also available from any chorus, orchestra, Encore! or board member.

The $1,000 grand prize drawing will be held at the 'American Classics' Pops Concert on April 13. Buy tickets early to also be included in the Early Bird drawing for $250 cash on March 16! The winner need not be present. Raffle proceeds will support the many programs of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association, including the Youth Orchestra, Youth Chorus, Concerts for children, Choral concerts, and Quincy Symphony Orchestra concerts.

Visit the Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association websiteor call the Symphony office at 222-2856 for more information.