Young Music Stars

On Saturday, Sept. 8, at 3 p.m., the Friends of the Rancho Bernardo Library will kick off the fall Discovery Series with performances by two young rising stars in the classical music scene: pianist Claire Lewis (above left) performing Chopin and Mozart, and violinist Erica Hwang (above right) performing Beethoven’s Sonata No. 7 in C minor.

Claire was the youngest-ever graduate of Palomar College last year, at age 13, and she also plays the violin for the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra Symphony and the Palomar College Symphony Orchestra. Erica, who will attend Stanford University this fall, has played with the San Diego Youth Symphony for seven years, performed in tours in Asia and Central/South America through the NYO-USA, and even created her own orchestra, the San Diego Philharmonic. She has performed at Carnegie Hall through the National Youth Orchestra of the USA (NYO-USA).

The Discovery Series aims to educate and expose the public to various musical styles, and to provide local musicians with performing opportunities. The next Discovery Series will be a jazz concert on Saturday, Oct. 13, featuring the direction of Dr. John Reynolds, the Music Department Chair at the San Diego School of Creative & Performing Arts. Performances are free, and all ages are welcome. On Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 6:15 p.m., famed guitarist Fred Bendetti will perform flamenco and classical Spanish guitar, and then on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6:15 p.m., a classical chamber concert duo will perform Mozart, Saint-Saens, and Schubert. Find out more at