Area roundup: Two young musicians to be featured in Muncie Symphony concert – The Star Press

Cooper Olsen (at left) and Phillip Hammond, the winners of Muncie Symphony Orchestra’s 2020 Young Artist Competition, will perform with MSO in “From the Top” on Saturday, Oct. 9 at Emens Auditorium.

MUNCIE — Each year, students across Indiana are invited to perform for a panel of expert judges at Ball State University’s Sursa Hall as part of Muncie Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition. Competing for cash prizes, the students in grades 3-12, often prepare for months in advance.

The winners from the 2020 competition — Cooper Olsen and Phillip Hammond, both violinists — will be featured performers in MSO’s next concert, “From the Top,” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at Emens Auditorium.

“We are featuring the very best and brightest young performers in the state of Indiana,” James Thompson, MSO’s education coordinator, said in a release. “The Young Artist Competition is an incredible showcase of the most talented middle and high school students. Cooper and Phillip are the best of the best. Their playing is going to be inspiring.”

At the time of the competition, Olsen was an eighth-grade student from Bloomington, and Hammon was a high school senior also from Bloomington.

Interviews with Olson and Hammon before the concert will give the audience a chance to learn more about their musical training, passions and future endeavors.

“From the Top” will open with Richard Wagner’s Overture to “Die Meistersinger.” The second half of the concert will include Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 5.”

Tickets start as low as $20 and can be purchased online at or via the Emens Box Office (in person at 1800 W Riverside Ave. or by phone at 765-285-1539).

Street, railroad crossing closures to start next week

MUNCIE — Several railroad crossings or roads will be closed to traffic for various repairs during October, according to the Muncie Department of Public Works:

The West Eighth Street crossing between Council and Liberty streets will be closed for railroad repairs from 7 a.m. Monday, Oct. 4, until 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7.

The South Madison Street crossing between Fuson Road and the Walnut/Madison roundabout will be closed for railroad repairs from 7 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6 until 7 p.m. Oct. 9.

The southbound lane of McKinley Avenue between Petty Road and Riverside Avenue will be closed for repair of underground electrical cable from 7 a.m. Oct. 9 until 7 p.m. Oct. 10.

The West Memorial Drive crossing between Liberty and Gharkey Street will be closed for railroad repairs from 7 a.m. Oct. 11 until 7 p.m. Oct. 14.

Outside the city, the railroad tracks on Delaware County Road 600-S in Cowan will be closed from 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 4, until 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, while Norfolk Southern is making repairs, according to the Delaware County Engineering Department.

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