CLINTON — For 16-year-old Cyrus Colah, music is a family tradition.
Both Cyrus’ mother and grandmother taught lessons on piano. At age 5, he began piano lessons with a teacher, not his mother. Now the Clinton High senior has been named the Clinton Symphony Orchestra Young Artist.
Not only a pianist, Cyrus also plays the cello in his school orchestra. However piano remains special to him.
“You can play multiple notes at once, but it’s still a solo instruments,” Cyrus said about the piano. “It has the most range.”
On March 8 in Sterling, Ill., Cyrus will perform the Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 at the Clinton Symphony Orchestra concert. His piano will be the central instrument in the piece, with the rest of the orchestra as accompaniment.
Since his family moved to Clinton when he was in the third grade, Cyrus has loved the orchestra. He and his family have attended the Clinton orchestra’s performances each year and he knew he wanted to be one of its young artists.
Last year, Cyrus auditioned for the honor, but was not chosen. This year, he decided to pick a different piece — the concerto he will perform at the concert — and was successful.
“I was pretty happy when I got the e-mail,” said Cyrus, about being chosen to play with the symphony orchestra.
As he nears the end of his high school career, Cyrus is still unsure about what college he will attend and for what. He may major in chemical engineering.
“I probably won’t major in music or anything, but I might join an orchestra in college,” Cyrus said.
Cyrus has always enjoyed math and chemistry, being fairly analytical.
‘It’s like math and music go hand in hand,” Cyrus said.