A-B presents biennial concerto competition concert

The Alderson-Broaddus College Music Department will present its biennial Concerto Competition Concert on p.m. Feb. 10 in Wilcox Chapel on the A-B campus. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Five student winners selected in this year’s competition will have the honor of performing concerto movements or opera arias with professional orchestra consisting of members of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Senior Sean Burdette will perform the second and third movements of Tartini’s “Concerto in D for Trumpet” (originally written for violin). He is the son of Andrew Burdette of Poca and Ellen Crislip of Des Moines, Iowa, and majors in applied music and music education.

Natalie Balog, flute, a junior applied music major, will perform “Poem” by Charles T. Griffes. From Inwood, she is the daughter of Dawn and Robb Roof.

Trumpeter Adam Gillespie of St. Albans will perform “Quiet City” by Aaron Copland, which will also feature the orchestra’s English hornist. Gillespie is the son of Teresa Warner and Eric Gillespie, and is a freshman applied music and musical arts major, minoring in business.

The famous “Flower Duet” (Dome epais) from “Lakme” by Leo Delibes will be performed by soprano Sarah Widder of Moorefield and Johanna Greber of Cumberland, Md. Both are seniors majoring in music education at the college. Widder is the daughter of Tom and Judy Groh Widder; Greber is the daughter of Rose Greber, Cumberland, Md., and Joakim Greber, Stockholm, Sweden.

This year’s concert will also feature the Alderson-Broaddus College Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. Lauren Lindsey, assistant professor of music, in a performance of “Serenade to Music” by Ralph Vaughn-Williams, for choir and orchestra.

Coordinator of the concerto competition and conductor for the concerto portion of the concert is Dr. Timothy DeWitt, professor of music.

“The visiting orchestral musicians often comment that they especially enjoy this event, citing the acoustics of the performance venue (Wilcox Chapel) and especially the particularly high level of talent demonstrated by our students,” DeWitt said.

He encouraged all who are able to take advantage of this opportunity to experience live orchestral music featuring student soloists of great accomplishment.

A panel of three judges-Dr. Keith Jackson, director of the School of Music and professor of trombone and euphonium at West Virginia University, Dr. Elizabeth Frazer, voice instructor at the Triangle Music School, and music director at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Asheboro, N.C., and Dr. Lisa Withers, associate professor of music, and chair, division of visual and performing arts, Emory and Henry College-selected the five student winners from the 21 who auditioned for this honor. Mrs. Lillian Long, associate professor of music at A-B, and assistant professor of music Dr. Hooi Yin Boey serve as competition and rehearsal accompanists for the event.