Brianna Ware

Brianna Ware performing “Black Earth for Piano” by Fazil Say. She won a $1,000 prize and the opportunity to perform at Overture next season.

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Four winners emerged from Saturday’s “Rising Stars” talent competition at the Overture Center.

Nineteen finalists came out of a group of more than 60 acts that auditioned.

The event, held in Capitol Theater, is in its fourth year, and the final competition drew more than 500 people, said Overture Center spokeswoman Sarah Knab.

The idea of the contest is “to celebrate the talent in our community — our neighbors, our friends, our family members — who are getting up on stage,” Knab said.

The grand prize winner was Brianna Ware, of Madison, who performed “Black Earth for Piano” by Fazil Say. She won a $1,000 prize and the opportunity to perform at Overture next season.

The youth winner (ages 6-12) was singer Elijah Edwards, of Madison, who performed “Heal the World” by Michael Jackson.

The teen winner (ages 13-18) was Kaylin Brandsma, of Portage, who sang “At Last,” made popular by Etta James.

The adult winner (ages 19 or older) was Derek Fredericksen, of Madison, who performed his original song, “Great Big Waterfall.”

Each of the age-group winners took home a $750 prize.

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