Young guns per­form Square Edge con­cert

The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS - RICHARD MAYS

More than $3000 in prizes will be pre­sented at his year’s Palmer­ston North Mu­sica Viva Young Per­form­ers Schol­ar­ship con­cert.

Nine up-and-com­ing clas­si­cal mu­si­cians have been se­lected as fi­nal­ists, and all will be shar­ing in the prize pool.

The only thing to be de­cided is who wins what.

Con­cert or­gan­iser and ac­com­pa­nist Guy Don­ald­son said there were three fi­nal­ists in each of the three sec­tions - pi­ano, judged by Pro­fes­sor Robert Hoskins; in­stru­men­tal judged by In­grid Cul­li­ford; and vo­cal by Ti­mothy Shirriffs.

Sup­ported by the Palmer­ston North Ro­tary Club since 1993, sec­tion win­ners re­ceive $500, while run­ners-up get $300 and $200.

Cho­sen from 31 young Manawatu play­ers aged be­tween 11 and 25 years at the pre­lim­i­nary

‘‘The con­certs en­cour­age young per­form­ers who have achieved at a high stan­dard to per­form in front of a live and sym­pa­thetic au­di­ence.’’ Guy Don­ald­son

con­cert on Satur­day, Septem­ber 24, the nine fi­nal­ists take the stage in the Square Edge Eve­lyn Rawl­ins Room on Mon­day.

‘‘The Mu­sica Viva com­mit­tee this year in­au­gu­rated a dis­cre­tionary pay­ment of $100 for any per­former who in any sec­tion nar­rowly missed se­lec­tion for the fi­nals. Any such awards will also be an­nounced at the evening,’’ Don­ald­son said.

The pi­ano fi­nal­ists are Nathan Soong, Sarah Hunt and Sai Natara­jan. Soong is also one of the in­stru­men­tal fi­nal­ists per­form­ing on the vi­o­lin, with fel­low vi­o­lin­ist En­shean Lin and cel­list Joanna Dann. The vo­cal­ists are so­prano Nina Peck, and bari­tones Read Wheeler and Tyrell Beck.

Don­ald­son said the mu­si­cians had al­ready played dur­ing Mu­sica Viva monthly con­certs and would be per­form­ing pieces from their se­lec­tion con­test in front of the ad­ju­di­ca­tors.

‘‘The con­certs en­cour­age young per­form­ers who have achieved at a high stan­dard to per­form in front of a live and sym­pa­thetic au­di­ence.’’

Among the com­posers fea­tured by the young artists are Faure´, Chopin, Haydn, Dovo­rak, Vi­valdi, Mozart, Han­del, Saint-Saens, Strauss, Bach, Kreisler and Schon­berg.

Pub­lic en­try to the fi­nal in the Eve­lyn Rawl­ins Room is $5.

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIRFAX NZ

Cel­list Joanna Dann is one of the nine fi­nal­ists in Mon­day night’s Mu­sica Viva Young Per­form­ers Schol­ar­ship con­cert.

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