Here's exciting news for a promising young Colorado musician: Bassoonist Tatia Slouka, who's played in the CPR Performance Studio several times, will take part in this year's National Youth Orchestra of the United States.
The 17-year-old Littleton resident told the Denver Post the orchestra will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York on July 21, record a performance for NPR and tour several Latin American countries. (She's a seasoned touring musician, having previously performed across Europe with the Denver Young Artists Orchestra.)
Slouka is one of two Coloradans in the 116-member orchestra for 2017. Colorado Springs flutist Jessica Shand also made the roster.
The Denver Post feature on Slouka offers a peek into the life of a passionate young musician:
Slouka said she believes playing with the National Youth Orchestra will provide her with great insight into the life of a professional musician. But really, for her, the most important thing is how music makes people feel. She said that her favorite piece, Igor Stravinsky’s “The Firebird”, still brings tears to her eyes at times.
“Music for me is something that does something nothing else really can,” she said. “I think with every concert and every piece I play, I can bring more joy and more beauty into the world.”
Hear Slouka play music from Antonio Vivaldi's Bassoon Concerto in A Minor, recorded in 2014 in the CPR Performance Studio:
UPDATE: And here's Slouka playing Mozart during a more recent session at CPR earlier this year: