Kings Symphony Orchestra to host Young Artists concert

Anjeli Macaranas with her violin. 

Contributed by Mike Navarre

The Kings Symphony Orchestra is featuring a young violinist at its upcoming Young Artists concert, which will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hanford High School Presentation Center.

Anjeli Macaranas was selected to perform earlier this year. She has been playing the violin since she was three years old.

“I feel so honored and blessed to have been chosen out of incredibly talented young musicians to perform with the Kings Symphony Orchestra,” she said in an email. “I will forever treasure this great experience. I'm so excited to work with this orchestra and make music that the audience will love!”

Macaranas currently studies with K.C. Simba-Torres and is a freshman at University High School in Fresno.

She has performed three times at Carnegie Hall with the Middle School Honors Performance Series and served as concert mistress in June 2016.

“She’s very good. I wish I could play that well and I am a violin teacher on top of being … I lead the second violin section in the symphony,” Mike Navarre, second violin section leader and general manager of the Kings Symphony Orchestra, said. “There’s not much else you can really say besides, yes, she is an excellent musician.”

Last November, Macaranas also participated in the California Orchestra Directors Association as the assistant concert mistress of the High School Honor Symphony Orchestra.

She has also been the concert mistress for several other symphonies around the state.

“This is really huge! Anjeli has always wanted to play as a soloist alongside professional musicians. We are so grateful that Kings Symphony selected her and made one of her biggest dreams come true,” her mother, Jeng Macaranas, said in an email.

Macaranas has received multiple Command Performance awards from both local and state California Music Education Association (CMEA) solo festivals.

According to the press release, Macaranas believes reaching out to people through music has a positive impact on the world.

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