CONCORD -- The Concord Orchestra, conducted by Richard Pittman, presents its Ehlers Young Artist concert, "Spring Awakening" on Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, at 8 p.m.

Each year, the Concord Orchestra features a young performer selected by the annual young-artist competition. The competition is open to musicians of high-school age or younger who live in eastern Massachusetts. The winner is chosen by a panel of orchestra members and the music director.

The 2018 competition winner, Alexander Goldberg, 17, is a student of Donald Weilerstein at New England Conservatory. The renowned violinist Donald Weilerstein says his gifted student "communicates to his listeners with his own distinctive, creative musical personality which is most sincere, sensitive and intelligent. I feel that he will contribute a great deal to our musical lives."

As a first-prize winner of the American Protégé International Concerto competition, Alex made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 2012 at age 11. He was awarded first prize in number of concerto competitions, leading to solo performances with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, Quincy Symphony and the Brockton Symphony. He has performed in many solo and chamber music recitals and was chosen for an episode of NPR's "From the Top" which will air sometime in March.


Alexander performs Prokofiev's "Violin Concerto No. 2," a work with many contrasts of mood and tempo, a romantic melody in the slow movement, and dance-like rhythms in the lively finale.

Also on the program are "Printemps" by Claude Debussy, an exuberant piece which depicts rebirth in the spring, and Robert Schumann's inspirational Symphony No. 2.

Concord Orchestra concerts are supported in part by grants from the Acton-Boxboro, Carlisle, Concord, Sudbury and Wayland local cultural councils, local agencies supported by the Mass Cultural Council.

Both performances will be at the Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden in Concord. There will be pre-concert recitals at 7:15 by other competition honorees, both cellists. On Friday night, Hotin Chan will perform, and on Saturday night, Hayden Idson will perform.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. For information, visit or call 978-369-4967.