Crestview boy adds his talent to Emerald Coast Sinfonietta

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Antioch Elementary School fifth-grader Lucas Kornegay and his mother, Angela, relax following his recent cello performance with the Sinfonietta Strings.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 06:35 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Cellist Lucas Kornegay's hands were a blur as he sawed the bow back and forth across his cello. Keeping pace with the demanding overture from Rossini's "William Tell" is a challenge for any cellist.

For the fifth-grader, playing with the Sinfonietta Strings before a packed Emerald Coast Convention Center might be pressure in itself. Ramping up the familiar piece of music to its almost pop-like "Billy Tell Overture" variation makes it an even greater challenge.

But Lucas, an Antioch Elementary School student, was ready.

"We like having the opportunity to play in front of people," he said following Sinfonia Gulf Coast's youth string ensemble's March 29 performance, which opened for Broadway star Patti LuPone.

Sinfonietta is the newly formed Sinfonia Youth Orchestra's training orchestra, director Liz Aylor said.

"We want to get the kids to the point where they can move up to the Sinfonia Youth Orchestra," she said.  

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