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Sinfonia Orchestra hosts Concerto Competition Finals

March 5, 2013

The Sinfonia Orchestra will host the 2012-2013 Concerto Competition Finals at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9, in the Griffin Concert Hall at the University Center for the Arts, located at 1400 Remington St.

Tickets are $7 for CSU students, $1 for youth (2-17), and $12 for adults. Tickets are available at the UCA Ticket Office in the UCA Griffin Lobby, by phone at (970) 491-2787, and online. Advance purchase is recommended to avoid at-the-door fees.

Top players chosen

Three soloists, chosen through audition, for the annual, highly competitive concerto competition will compete for monetary awards. First place will be awarded $1,000, second place $750, and third place $500.

The soloists each selected a piece (up to 16 minutes in length) to play with the Sinfonia (chamber-sized orchestra), which will be showcased during the competition.

The selections for this year are as follows:

  • Ravel G Major Piano Concerto, Mvts. 2, 3 performed by Yolanda Tapia
  • Shostakovich Piano Concerto, Mvts. 2, 3, 4, performed by André Short
  • Prokofiev Violin Concert No. 2, Mvt. 1, performed by Hannah Barnes

When discussing the significance of this anticipated event, director of University Orchestras Wes Kenney describes the student soloists’ experience.

“For many, it is their first time playing a solo with the orchestra,” he said. “In any case, there is the prestige of being recognized as one of the top players in the department, not to mention receiving a cash prize.”

This event will showcase high caliber musicianship in a fierce competition.

“It’s always a great event and very electric atmosphere,” said Kenney.

Kenney, who is the 2007 Grand Prize Winner of the Varna International Conducting Competition, is now in his tenth season as music director of the Fort Collins Symphony. Named in 2004 to an additional post as music director of Opera Fort Collins, he currently conducts three professional operatic productions as well as numerous orchestra concerts and dance performances each season throughout Northern Colorado.

Student soloists

Yolanda Tapia is a first-year master of music in performance student. Originally from Xalapa, Ver. Mexico, she finished her bachelor’s degree at the Faculty of Music of Veracruz University in Mexico. She has been a finalist at two international piano competitions: She won a concerto competition performed with Xalapa Symphony Orchestra, and she received the “Manuel M Ponce” prize for best chamber music group at the Chamber Music Festival in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Tapia worked four years as a collaborative pianist at the Higher Institute of Music of Veracruz State. Tapia is a Fulbright Scholar and is studying with Silvana Santinelli.

“I feel blessed, fortunate and lucky to be a part of this concerto,” said Tapia. “I don't see it as a competition because, to me, the prize is playing with the orchestra. The other two performers are amazing musicians, and I admire both of them.”

André T. Short was born in southern California, where he began studying the piano at age six. These lessons did not last long, however, due to a family move to Hawaii. After much convincing, his parents allowed him to continue his piano studies at age eleven, six months after returning to California.  By 16, he was convinced that music was his lifelong pursuit and joy. 

Short was recently selected as a finalist in the Coeur d’Alene Symphony’s Young Artist Competition and was awarded a silver medal in the collegiate group of the International Keyboard Odyssiad and Festival in August 2012.  Short is a junior studying piano performance with Janet Landreth at CSU. His hope is to become a professor at an institution of higher learning.

“This year's competition is tough, so it is truly an honor to be recognized on the same level as my competitors Hannah and Yolanda,” said Short.  “It is also a bit intimidating to learn to perform with an orchestra and a conductor because, as a pianist, I am so accustomed to performing by myself. Despite that, I am actually mostly excited for the preparation with the orchestra and, of course, the final performance.”

Hannah Barnes is an undergraduate violin performance student at CSU. She has been the concertmaster of the CSU symphony since Spring 2011, and is hoping to be able to pursue a masters degree in music performance at Peabody Conservatory. During her time at CSU, she has been involved in a multitude of chamber music groups and ensembles, and has been featured as a soloist in Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. She has been studying the violin for 14 years, and has enjoyed being trained in both classical and alternative styles of music.

“It feels amazing to be included in the same group as Andre and Yolanda, whom I both think are incredibly gifted,” Hannah said. “I can't think of two better competitors.”

Contact: Carrie Care
Phone: (970) 491-5891