The Santa Ynez Valley Concert series will present its first Young Artist Showcase, Beethoven and His Contemporaries, 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 at St. Marks-in-the-Valley Church, 2901 Nojoqui Ave., Los Olivos.

The free concert will feature top talent from Santa Barbara County private teaching studios who were recommended by their respective teachers for this special honor.

“Music education is at the forefront of the mission of the Santa Ynez Valley Concert Series,” said Robert Cassidy, artistic director. “This recital is a launching pad for future and regular outreach events that the series will sponsor.

“I am deeply grateful to the young artists and their teachers for participating.”

Upcoming events include

  • Master Class taught by pianist Conor Hanick, 5 p.m. Feb. 28.
  • Pianist Conor Hanick in Concert, 7 p.m. March 1.
  • Demarre McGill, flute, and Rodolfo Leone, piano, 5 p.m. May 13.

Direct questions to Linda Burrows, 805-705-0938, or email Robert Cassidy at