Annual Concerto Competition Features Mason Students

Posted: February 27, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

Earlier this month, music students used cellos, flutes, saxophones, or their own voices and auditioned in front of a panel of faculty judges. The three top performers of that competition–Yoonji Kim, Jennifer Waters, and Kathy Thompson–were awarded a chance to perform at the annual Concerto Competition concert on Tuesday, March 2, at 8 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

The students will be accompanied by the George Mason Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Maiello. Seita Sakaguchi will be the assistant conductor. Kim, a senior piano performance major, will be featured in Chopin’s Concerto no. 1, first movement. Soprano and graduate student Waters will perform Donizetti’s “O luce di quest’ anima” from Linda di Chamonix. Finally, Thompson, a senior music education major, will play Lalo’s Concerto in D minor, first movement, Prelude, on cello.

The symphony will begin the program with Rossini’s William Tell Overture and Richard Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration.

“The purpose of this concert is to give the students an opportunity to perform with a live orchestra,” says Jo Lynn Bailey-Page, public relations coordinator for the Department of Music. “These students have been chosen to represent the Department of Music in a public concert.”

Tickets, which can be purchased at the box office or at the door on the night of the performance, are $7 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, call 703-993-1380.

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