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17 Year-Old Violin Prodigy Impresses At Youth Concert

Massapequa Philharmonic Orchestra puts a talented young musician in the spotlight.

Abi Fayette first picked up a violin at the tender age of three, and discoverd then and there what so many people struggle for their entire lives to ascertain- what she wanted to do with the rest of her life.

She wanted to make music.

Now 17, and a senior at Shoreham-Wading River High School, she was the featured soloist at a performance of the Massapequa Philharmonic Orchestra's special annual Youth Concert, held recently at .

"It's always an exhilirating experience," she said. "The whole reason we play music is to share it with other people, so I'm so glad that I got to share it with such a wonderful, supportive audience."

While the Massapequa Philharmonic Orchestra normally showcases older, established talent, occasionally Dr. Robert C. Ackerberg, the organization’s President, seeks to showcase younger talent with free concerts such as these.

“I usually hear about these kids through word of mouth, and I find them and ask them to play,” Ackerberg said. “Normally during our concerts I have world-class soloists, but today we’re having a youth concert. I do one of these a year, and it’s nice for the young people...it’s inspiring.”

Backed by a full orchestra, Fayette was the featured violin soloist during the performances of both "Carmen Fantasy" and "Zapateado," two stunning pieces composed by Pablo de Sarasate.  Her command of her instrument and the audience were both impressive.

While Fayette shies away from being called a prodigy, when you look at her fast progression in the music field, the term certain seems to fit.

"I come from a very musical family...I have four siblings, and they're all musicians. Also, my parents are both musicians," she said. "When I was ten, I was accepted into the Juilliard's pre-college division...I'm now a senior in high school, so I've been there for eight years. I'm hoping to go to a music conservatory and go on and study music in college and make a career in chamber music.”

Guest Conductor Dr. Howard Cinnamon,  a music scholar and theorist, also led the Massapequa Philharmonic Orchestra through renditions of such classic pieces such as "Under the Double Eagle March"by Joseph Franz Wagner, "The William Tell Overture" by Gioacchino Rossini, and the "Die Fledermaus Overture" by Johann Strauss, Jr.

JoBeth Simpson of Massapequa had attended the event that afternoon, and walked away duly impressed, especially by Abi Fayette’s violin work.

“It was a lovely event,” she said. “I’ve attended the Massapequa Philharmonic’s shows before, and they’re always wonderful, and the young lady in particular was fantastic. She has a bright future.”

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