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UT Symphony To Feature Concerto Comp. Winners

It happens every spring, or there abouts. The final full UT Symphony Orchestra concert of the season features the winners of the UT School of Music Concerto Competition in a performance of their winning entry. The concert is this Sunday afternoon, March 17, at 4 pm in the James R. Cox Auditorium. The concert is FREE.

The juried competition is open to full-time students currently enrolled in applied lessons and is divided into four solo performance categories: string players, pianists, vocalists, and non-string/non-piano instrumentalists.

Maestro James Fellenbaum and the orchestra will open the concert with Tchaikovsky's Slavonic March, Op. 31. Following are the 2013 winners:

Anileys Bermudez, violin. (Strings) Bermudez is a grad student studying with Miroslav Hristov. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels / Noord Nederlands Conservatorium and a Master of Music from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is the Concertmaster of the UTSO and is a member of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra violin section. Her performance with the orchestra will be the Prokofiev Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in D Major, Op. 19 (third movement).

Kevin Hanrahan, percussionist (Non-strings) Hanrahan is a Masters of Music candidate studying with Andrew Bliss. Currently, he is the Principal percussionist / timpanist of the UT Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the UT Wind Ensemble. Hanrahan will be featured next month as a marimba soloist on Minoru Miki's Marimba Spirituals with the UT Percussion Ensemble. His performance will be Casey Cangelosi's Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra No. 2 (second movement) 

Carson Hayes, pianist (Piano) Hayes is currently a junior, hailing from Tullahoma, TN, studying with David Northington. His performance will be the first movement from Sergei Rachmaninoff's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in F-sharp Minor.

Jenna Weaver, soprano (Vocalists) Weaver is a senior majoring in vocal performance studying with Marjorie Stephens. Her performance will be "Glitter and be Gay" from Leonard Bernstein's Candide.




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