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SEK Symphony features ‘future stars’

November 14, 2012 12:00AM

The Southeast Kansas Symphony will feature the 2012 concerto and aria winners on Sunday, Nov. 18, in a performance entitled “Future Stars.” The concert will begin at 3 p.m. in the Sharon Dean Recital Hall in McCray Hall on the Pittsburg State University campus.

The concert program includes Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide;” Ferdinand David’s Concertino No. 4, Trombone, op. 4, E-flat Major; Lowell Liebermann’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.2 Op.36; Gustave Charpentier’s Depuis le Jour, from "Louise;" and Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet” overture-fantasy.

Overture to “Candide” will feature trombonist Chris Goddard, a graduate student in trombone performance from Kansas City. Goddard earned a bachelor’s degree in music from PSU in 2010 and has performed in the PSU Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds, One o’clock Jazz Ensemble, Giant Steps Jazz Combo and the Pride of the Plains Marching Band. He is a member of the Crowder Jazz Orchestra and performs with Bill and Monica’s Excellent Adventure, a 1990s cover band based in Joplin, Mo.

Pianist Daniel Ayala will be the featured performer in the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 Op. 36.  Ayala, a native of Asuncion, Paraguay, started piano studies at the age of 5. He has won numerous awards in his native Paraguay and in the U.S., including first prize at the 2011 KMTA Piano Collegiate Competition (Junior/Senior Division). Consequently, he was selected to perform at the KMEA conference held in Wichita in 2012. He was winner of the PSU Concerto/Aria Competition in 2012 and received the 2012 award for Excellence in Keyboard Studies from the PSU Music Department.

Soprano Madison Youngberg-King will be featured in Depuis le Jour, from "Louise," by Gustave Charpentier.  Youngberg-King is a senior vocal music education and performance major from Joplin, Mo. During her education at PSU, Youngberg-King has performed in various productions with the university's opera theatre program which include, “The Magic Flute” and “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” She will sing the role of Josephine in PSU's production of “H.M.S. Pinafore” in February. She was a winner of the 2012 Concerto/Aria Competition at PSU, placed third in the eighth division (upper college women's) of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Competition, and third in the 2011 Wadill Chamber Music Competition.

Tickets for the concert are $7 for adults and $5 for students ages 13-18. PSU students are free with ID. Children 5-12 are free with a ticket and children under 4 are free. Tickets are available at the Ticket Office in the Weede PE Building, 620-235-4796 or at the door, depending upon availability.

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