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Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside to hold 28th annual festival later in April

The Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside will hold its 28th annual event the week of April 22-26. The festival will feature nearly 400 pianists, violinists, violists, cellists, woodwind performers and vocalists competing in more than 430 judged competitions. At stake is more than $3,000 in scholarship awards to be distributed amongst the best performers.

Performers range in age from elementary school to adult.

Up to a dozen finalists from the seventh through 12th grades will perform in the concerto competition for scholarship awards and the opportunity to perform in the Concerto Play Off Concert, 7 p.m. on April 25 at Saint Andrew's Lutheran Church. Judges are Dr. Will Simpson, music director and conductor at Saint Andrew's; Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi, a violinist with Rainier Symphony and affiliate of several regional music departments and music camps; and Alexei Girsh, conductor of the Eastlake Symphony.

The first place and scholarship winners from each competition class will perform in four free Eastside Artist Concerts May 3-4 at the church, each followed by a public reception for the performers and guest artists.

More information about show times and guest performers can be found at


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