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Concerto Competition Concert Rescheduled for Sunday, April 14

April 9, 2002

April 9, 2002, Greencastle, Ind. - The concert featuring the DePauw Symphony Orchestra and the winners of the Annual DePauw Concerto Competition, postponed because of the fire at Rector Hall, is now rescheduled for this Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.

The contest, a collaboration between the DePauw School of Music and the DePauw University Symphony Orchestra, is held in late February. The Competition features two rounds of contest with a preliminary round in each discipline judged by DePauw faculty. The second round of full competition is judged by music professionals from outside of the University.

“We are very pleased to present these excellent young musicians in a solo capacity with our orchestra”, said music director Orcenith Smith. “From a large group of entrants in all the categories, including piano, voice, strings, winds and brass, the winners of this year's competition show how taking one's talent and dedicating yourself to the concepts of excellence can be rewarded!”

Featured soloists are second-year pianist, Michael Messina from Sarasota, Florida, playing the Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor by Frédéric Chopin; third-year mezzo-soprano, April Scholten from Phoenix, Arizona, singing "Una voce poco fa” from Rossini's opera The Barber of Seville; fourth-year soprano, JennyRebecca Winans from Oak Park, Kansas, singing “The Trees on the Mountains” from the opera Susannah by American composer Carlisle Floyd; first-year pianist, Matt Richardson from Indianapolis, playing Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor; first-year soprano, Amy Hayes from Indianapolis, singing “Chacun le sait” from Donizetti's Daughter of the Regiment; fourth-year soprano, Carelle Flores from San Juan, Puerto Rico, singing “Se pietà di me non senti” from Handel's opera Julius Caesar; and third-year ‘cellist, Jennifer Wingert from Farmington Hills, Michigan playing “Pezzo capriccioso” by Tchaikowsky. Wingert, Messina, Winans and Flores are previous Competition winners. Winans, Flores and Scholten were featured leads in DePauw's Opera Productions.

The final performance of the academic year for the DePauw Symphony Orchestra will be Johnannes Brahms' “Ein deutsches Requiem”, featuring DePauw Festival Choirs with faculty soloists Barbara Paré, soprano and Stanley Irwin, bass-baritone. That free performance is Sunday, May 5th at 3 p.m.

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