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Press Release

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra showcases Wisconsin's young talent in “Stars of Tomorrow” concert presented by The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

April 20, 2011

MILWAUKEE, WIS.The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts presents the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s 44th annual Audrey G. Baird Stars of Tomorrow concert on Thursday, April 28, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. in Kuttemperoor Auditorium. Wisconsin’s future musical stars share the stage with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and MSO Resident Conductor Stuart Chafetz in a concert that is free and open to the public. Patrons may reserve free tickets ahead of time by calling the Wilson Center at (262) 781-9520 or by calling the MSO ticket office at (414) 291-7605.

This concert showcases a competition among three featured high school soloists who were selected via competitive audition to perform a concerto movement with the MSO. The concert also includes 31 high school student finalists and honorable mention winners of the statewide competition performing side-by-side with members of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Participants hail from Milwaukee, Ripon, Madison, Viroqua, Edgerton, Appleton, West Bend, Kaukauna, and many other cities.

The Young Artist Auditions, which were used to select contestants for the Stars of Tomorrow concert, are designed for Wisconsin high school students in grades 9-12. On January 29, 2011, 51 string, woodwind, brass, and percussion students participated in the preliminary competition. In addition to performing side-by-side with the MSO, the three winners that were selected at the Young Artist Auditions each receive a $1,000 Laura Dresselhuys Scholarship Award as well as the opportunity to compete for additional scholarship prizes: the $1,000 James Bunting Stoll Memorial Award for the performer judged to have performed the best with the orchestra at the Stars of Tomorrow Concert, and two $250 Van Dyke Family Scholarships. 

The Stars of Tomorrow judges include Dr. Allan Dennis, executive director of Midwest Young Artists, Andrea Leung, retired MSO violinist, and Dennis Najoom, MSO co-principal trumpet and Martin J. Krebs Co–Principal Trumpet Chair.

The featured soloists include:

Ana Nelson, B flat Clarinet, Ripon, Wis.

Performing: Carl von Weber, Concertino in E-flat major for Clarinet and Orchestra, Opus 26  

Ana Nelson, age 16, is a junior at Berlin High School. She currently studies violin with Samantha George, the former associate concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and clarinet with Todd Levy, principal clarinetist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, Ana was selected as a finalist in “The President’s Own” Marine Band Concerto Competition, the U.S. Air Force Band’s Young Artist Competition, and the U.S. Army Field Band Concerto Competition, and performed in the finals in Washington, D.C., and Maryland for these events. She has received awards and honorable mentions in many other competitions including the Madison Symphony Orchestra Bolz Young Artist Competition, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, the Fox Jazz Fest Soloist Competition, and the MYSO Senior Symphony Concerto Competition. Ana has participated in the Wisconsin State Honors programs since 2007 on voice, violin, principal clarinet, and lead alto saxophone. In March of 2010, Ana was one of 18 vocalists selected from across the Midwest to participate in the NCACDA Honors Vocal Jazz group and sing with the Real Group from Sweden.  In addition to her involvement in the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra and other musical activities, Ana enjoys running cross-country, reading, and being involved in her school and church.

Valerie Sanders, violin, Greenfield, Wis.

Performing: Dmitri Shostakovich, Concerto No. 1, Opus 99, Mvts. 3 & 4

Valerie Clare Sanders, an 18 year-old senior at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, has played violin for 15 years. She studied for 10 years with Mary Ellen Meyer, 4 years with Jeanyi Kim, and currently studies with Eugene Purdue. Valerie has won various honors for her violin work.  In 2010, she was a finalist of the Milwaukee Symphony Young Artist Competition, serving as Concertmaster of the MSO for their Stars of Tomorrow concert. This March, Valerie was one of the finalists in the Madison Symphony Orchestra Bolz Young Artist Competition, performing with the symphony in the “Final Forte” concert broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio and Television. Additionally this January, Valerie received the Elizabeth W. Boyce Scholarship through the Milwaukee Civic Music Association, performing in the CMA High School Showcase.   Valerie has been a member of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra for 7 years.  She was a winner of the Sinfonia, Philharmonia, and Senior Symphony Concerto Competitions, and also has held numerous leadership positions in the orchestras.  She currently sits concertmaster for MYSO's Chamber Orchestra, and is co-concertmaster in Senior Symphony. Besides her music, Valerie enjoys writing, reading, running, dancing, collecting and dressing in elaborate costumes, and spending time with her dear friends and family. Equally comfortable in the ridiculously funny and the deeply spiritual, Valerie views all aspects of life as lessons from God and uses those lessons as fuel for her art.    

Elliot Yang, cello, New Berlin, Wis.

Performing: Edward Elgar, Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Mvt. 4

Elliot Yang is a 17-year-old junior at New Berlin West High School.   Since 2001, he has been a student of Dr. Stefan Kartman, associate professor of cello and chamber music at UW-Milwaukee.  Elliot is the winner of the 2009 Wisconsin American String Teacher’s Association Young Artist Competition and the 2010 Waukesha Symphony Young Artist Competition.  He has also received many honorable mentions, including the 2009 and 2010 Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Stars of Tomorrow competition, the 2010 Madison Chamber Orchestra Young Artist Competition, and the 2008 University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Young Artist Competition. Currently, he is a principal cellist of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) Senior Symphony and MYSO Chamber Orchestra. Serving three years as a principal cellist and one year as an associate principal, Elliot has received numerous MYSO commendations, including the Sinfonia Concerto Competition winner award in 2007.  For the past two summers, Elliot continued his chamber studies at Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont. Along with playing cello, Elliot enjoys his church youth group activities, swimming for New Berlin West, watching Packer games, Facebooking, and spending time with his Maltese named “Snow.”

The Finalist and Honorable Mention students who will be performing side-by-side with the MSO include:

Finalists

Kristian Brusabardis, violin, Dousman, Wis.

Laurin Friedland, marimba, Whitefish Bay, Wis.

Kartik Papatla, cello, Mequon, Wis.

Al Valmadrid, violin, Fitchburg, Wis.

Honorable Mentions

Ashley Anne Barret, violin, Milwaukee, Wis.

Thomas Bewell, violin, Thiensville, Wis.

Megan Braunschweig, bassoon, Neosho, Wis.

Elyse Brotzman, flute, Glendale, Wis.

Cassandra Chiao, violin, Menomonee Falls, Wis.

Sarah Marie Emran, violin, Germantown, Wis.

Camille Galles, oboe, Oconomowoc, Wis.

Anna Belle Hoots, violin, Mequon, Wis.

Ryan Krofta, trombone, Waukesha, Wis.

Seungjou Lee, violin, Brookfield, Wis.

Alexis Lindsey, violin, Mequon, Wis.

Caroline Little, flute, Cedarburg, Wis.

Nikhil, Ramnarayan, cello, Mequon, Wis.

Joanna Robertstad, violin, Edgerton, Wis.

Tommy Rorabeck, marimba, Wauwatosa, Wis.

Rebekah Ruetz, violin, Waukesha, Wis.

Marie Schrmapfer, flute, Appleton, Wis.

Katherine Seybold, French horn, Grafton, Wis.

Ellen Sonnenberg, violin, Howards Grove, Wis.

Holly Spangenberg, violin, Thiensville, Wis.

Tatiana Sutherland, violin, Viroqua, Wis.

Kelly Tillotson, oboe, Custer, Wis.

Emmy Tisdel, violin, Shorewood, Wis

Emma Watermolen, trumpet, Ixonia, Wis.

Keisuke Yamamoto, violin, Monona, Wis.

Sofie Yang, violin, Milwaukee, Wis.

Isaac Young, violin, Waukesha, Wis.

STARS OF TOMORROW

Thursday, April 28, 2011 @ 7:30 PM | Kuttemperoor Auditorium - The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts  

This concert is FREE and open to the public.Advance ticket reservations are recommended to assure seating availability. To order your complimentary tickets, please contact the MSO ticket office at (414) 291-7605 or the Wilson Center box office at (262) 781-9520.

The MSO reaches out to diverse audiences through concert performances and nationally recognized education and outreach programs. All programs are guided by the MSO Family Shared Vision which states that the MSO exists for three purposes: to comfort, educate, entertain, and exhilarate the human soul through events of cultural significance, relevance, and artistic challenge; to embrace, preserve and foster our musical heritage; and to enhance the vibrancy of our community.

 

 

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