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4/16/2007 Linfield student to participate in musical concert

McMINNVILLE - Linfield College junior Andrew Pohl of Bremerton, Wash., was chosen to sing at the "Young Artists Debut!" Concerto on April 27 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland.

Pohl was picked from a regional selection of 70 performers and will perform with nine other winners at the concert. He will be accompanied by select members of the Oregon Symphony and Oregon Ballet Orchestra during his performance and will sing the "Susanna/Count Almaviva" duet from Act III of "The Marriage of Figaro" by Mozart with high school student Chelsea Janzen.

Both Pohl and Janzen are taking voice lessons from Gwen Leonard, professor of music at Linfield.

According to Leonard, Pohl has demonstrated an advanced musical ability beyond his years in the eight months she has been working with him.

"He brings a certain high degree of intuitive talent to his performing," she said. "He sings with varying colors and dramatic shadings, and he has an innate sensibility for all kinds of style. His vocal sound is in itself very beautiful."

The concert is hosted by Niel DePonte, conductor of the Oregon Ballet Orchestra, principal percussionist of the Oregon Symphony and owner of the nonprofit organization MetroArts Inc. Leonard said Pohl's exposure to DePonte is a wonderful opportunity for professional guidance that he would not have received until much later in his musical career.

"Andrew is being exposed to the rigors of coaching by an orchestral conductor who is very demanding," she said. "Demanding is good for young artists' development."

For more information call the Linfield College Music Department at 503-883-2275.