|Student soloists featured in concerto concert
RELEASED: May 1, 2003
DANVILLE, KYThe Centre College music program will present a concerto concert featuring the Centre College Orchestra with conductor Jeremy Mulholland on May 9 at 8 p.m. in Newlin Hall at the College's Norton Center for the Arts.
The free program will feature six student soloists and includes music by Beethoven, Grieg, Handel, Bériot, Sarasate and Hummel. Also on the program will be a premiere of a composition by senior Jason Ball titled Memoirs of a Dream.
In December, the Centre music program held auditions to choose the student soloists. Seventeen students competed and were judged by a team of three faculty members from Eastern Kentucky University. Most of the competitors were music majors or minors. Six winners (a singer, a pianist, two violinists, and two trumpet players) were selected. The soloists are Candace Davis (violin), Vince Gerrish (trumpet), Kate Hampshire (voice), Matt Lane (violin), Karen Wicke (piano) and Will Young (trumpet).
Centre sophomore and trumpet soloist Vince Gerrish comments, "Performing with an orchestra is an exciting and rare opportunity. Many college musicians never get a chance to do this, and I'm happy and honored to be a part of such a wonderful group of soloists."
Pianist Karen Wicke, a sophomore double major in music and government from Louisville, remarks, "I'm very excited about the concert. The orchestra has worked really hard and has a difficult task in interpreting several different styles for this concert."
Finally, Soprano Kate Hampshire reflects, "I'll be performing a piece by Handel, who is one of my favorite composers. Baroque music is a lot of fun to perform because it's full of long runs and cadenzas, although in its own time, some complained about 'too many notes.' Handel's music is especially well suited for the coloratura soprano, so I'm having a blast with it!"
Centre's music program offers a wide variety of performance and academic opportunities. Any studentnot just music majors or minorsmay take private lessons, participate in ensembles, and take courses ranging from music theory and history to world music and jazz history. Centre offers Fine Arts Scholarships to students who show outstanding promise in music and dramatic arts, regardless of intended major.
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