The final concert for the CSU Concerto Competition will take place tonight in the Griffin Concert Hall of the UCA at 7:30 p.m. Â
The competition involves three undergraduate music majors who will each be performing a solo concerto in order to win prizes and scholarships. Â
Unusually, solo performances played with the orchestra are given to faculty members, according to event coordinator Jennifer Clary. Â Â
Soloists have been competing since late last semester, Clary said.
Following the competition, Maestro Wes Kenney will be conducting the University Sinfonia Orchestra. Â Â
Tonight concludes the competition with three final soloists and also acts as a showcase for graduate conductors. Â The conductors, one for each soloist, have not worked with the soloists before this competition. Â Names were drawn at random for the pairing of the conductors and soloists. Â
The three final soloists are Staci Tomaszewski, Akane Ueda and Thomas Wilson. Â
Senior percussion performance major Tomaszewski will be performing American composer Eric Ewazenâ€™s â€œConcerto for Marimba and String Orchestra, Mvt I.â€Â
Adam A. Torres, pursuing a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting at CSU, will be conducting Tomaszewski. Torres most recently co-conducted the opera â€œThe Gondoliersâ€ at CSU.
Before the final concert, conductors and soloists practice privately and discuss expectations for each other. Â
â€œMy job is to help her realize the goal of interpretation and meaning of the piece,â€ Torres said of Tomaszewski.
Tomaszewskiâ€™s concerto choice sparked interest in the orchestra who will be accompanying her.
Ewazen is a contemporary composer who offers nostalgic, exciting, and emotional marimba music, according to Torres. Â
â€œItâ€™s nice to bring new music to new audiences,â€ Torres said. Â Â
Soloist and senior music therapy major Ueda will be performing Mozartâ€™s â€œConcerto No. 20 in D Minor, Mvt. Iâ€ on piano. Â
â€œThis piece has always been my favorite. Â This concerto is in a minor key, which is unique for Mozart,â€ Ueda said. Â
Ueda expressed that this would be the first time in her life she would be playing with an orchestra, which poses a challenge when trying to work with style. Â
â€œI looked at the style of the piece and tried to build my own style around it,â€ she said.
Conducting Ueda is Vaughn Cardona, who is pursuing a graduate degree in orchestral conducting. Â
Cardona co-conducted â€œThe Gondoliersâ€ along with Torres. Â
Junior music education major Wilson will be performing the clarinet in the first and second movements of Robert Starerâ€™s â€œKâ€™li zemer Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra.â€
Graduate student for instrumental conducting, Christy Muncey will be conducting Wilson. Â Muncey conducted as an undergraduate and acted as a drum major for five years. Â
Muncey assures that Wilson is prepared and that the preparation for the competition was a collaborative effort. Â
â€œI think itâ€™s a fantastic piece. Â It provides a nice contrast to the rest of the pieces,â€ Muncey said. Â
Each soloist is guaranteed a scholarship, but the amounts will depend on the soloistâ€™s placement. Â
Tickets can be purchased at csuartstickets.com.
Staff writer Lianna Salva can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What: CSU Concerto Competition, University Sinfonia Orchestra concert
- When: 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Griffin Concert Hall, UCA
- Cost: $7 CSU students, $1 youth (ages 2-17), $12 adult