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  Sarah Armenia Sarah Armenia performing her prize recital at Veterans Hall, Snug Harbor Cultural Center     Sarah Armenia, violin Grand Prize Winner, 2002  Assisted by Sandro Russo at the piano Sunday, June 1, 2003 at 3:30 p.m. Sonata in G for Violin and Piano.....................Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Allegro con spirito, Allegro   Three Pieces (Souvenir d'un lieu cher), Melody..Pitor Illyich Tchaikovsky   Polonaise brillante, Opus 21.......................................Joseph Wieniawski   Intermission   Beau soir..........................................................Claude Debussy (Heifetz)   Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs), Opus 20, no. 2.................Pablo de Sarasate             Sarah Armenia Sarah Armenia, 13, an award-winning violinist, has been playing the violin for seven years.  She is currently a student at the Juilliard School Pre-College Division.  She showed exceptional talent even from the beginning, winning First Prize in the 1998 Young Musician’s Competition and Honorable Mention in the 1999 Queens College Cultural Heritage Competition.  Sarah then won further prizes in the Young Musicians Competition, including First Prize in 2001 and Grand Prize in 2002.  In 2002 she won the Staten Island Symphony Concerto Competition, performing the first movement of the Violin Concerto, Op. 14, by Samuel Barber, with the orchestra on March 16, 2003.  Together with Sandro Russo she performed the Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45, for Violin and Piano, as part of a COAHSI grant, at the Unitarian Church of S. I.  This summer she will be attending the Meadowmount School of Music in Westport for seven weeks on a merit scholarship.  In her spare time she likes to shop and meet with friends.   Sandro Russo Sandro Russo, a native of Italy, received the Pianoforte Performing Diploma with Honours from the Royal College of Music in London.  He won top prize in the Bergen Philharmonic Competition and also in the Jacksonville Symphony Competition. He has also received Premiere, Encore and Junefest Performing grants from COAHSI.  In 2002 he won the Staten Island Symphony Concerto Competition, performing the Concerto in A Major by Franz Liszt with the orchestra in March, 2003.  He has performed in Carnegie Recital Hall, Steinway Hall and the John Harms Center for the Arts in Englewood, N.J., and in numerous locations on Staten Island. He recently presented a Chopin recital at the prestigious Teatro Politeamo in Palermo, Italy, and performed at the Nuove Carriere Music Festival in February, 2003.  He holds a Masters Degree in Piano Performance from the City University of New York.