Every year, the Pasadena Community Orchestra (PCO) holds a competition to identify, assist, and feature talented young musicians in the furtherance of their musical career and education. This is a project funded in part by the City of Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission.
This year, young pianist Max Hammond (17) will perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 along with PCO on May 11, at 8 pm, at the First Church of the Nazarene. Hammond is currently a student in the Elizabeth Mandell Music Institute at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences. He has studied piano privately with Anders Martinson since 2014, following earlier studies with Sylvia Chauls and Wayne Behlendorf, and shares in the Martinson studio “Concert and Conversation” program for local convalescent homes. He has already been in the winners circle of several piano competitions, with top finishes that include 1st place awards in the Lansum International Piano Competition, the State Finals of the CAPMT Honors Competition (twice), the Glendale Piano Competition, the Los Angeles Young Pianist Competition, the CAPMT District III Sonata Competition (twice), the Turner Concerto Competition and the Southwestern Youth Music Festival (SYMF) Young Pianist Competition.
The musicians of the Pasadena Community Orchestra graciously donate their services for every concert. One of the only Los Angeles area orchestras to provide fine music to the public for free, PCO is supported through generous benefactor sponsorship, board members and volunteers. Audience members may meet the Music Director and other musicians at a reception following the concert. Admission is free, and no reservations are necessary.
The concert will be held in the sanctuary of the First Church of the Nazarene, located at 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd in Pasadena (just west of Michilinda Ave.). There’s ample free parking, and it is wheelchair accessible. Find more information here.
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