Locals take center stage at Carnegie Hall


How do you get to Carnegie Hall? For several piano students from the Del Ray School of Music, it was practice, practice, practice.

Among the participants in the American Protege International Competition Winners Recital, which took place May 1 at the famed concert hall in New York City, were Alexandrians Henry Barbour (9), Alexandra Costanzo (13), Annamarie Costanzo (10), Alexandra Moran (12), Emma Ann Ballard (11), Grace Isabel Ballard (8), Maeve Elizabeth Barbour (12) and Hannah Beun (8).

Barbour and Annamarie Costanzo shared third place in the 5- to 10-year-old age group while Moran and Alexandra Costanza shared the same honors among 11- to 14-year-olds.

Students of Nina Kozin, a piano teacher at the Mount Vernon Avenue school, accounted for 15 of the 30 performers featured in the weekend recital, which is designed to showcase young musicians, actors, singers and dancers from around the world.