FSO performs annual concerto competition concert

Cordero Reid/Sun Star Reporter
March 5, 2013

The Davis concert hall was packed full this Sunday for the Concerto Competition Winners Concert. March 3, 2013. Cordero Reid/Sunstar

The Davis concert hall was packed full this Sunday for the Concerto Competition Winners Concert. March 3, 2013. Cordero Reid/Sunstar

On Sunday, the Davis Concert Hall was  packed with patrons waiting for a beautiful symphony performance. The Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra hosted their annual Concerto Competition Winners Concert on March 3.

At 4 p.m. people from all over Fairbanks came out to enjoy the symphony and support the four soloists who won this year’s concerto competition.

Maestro Eduard Zilberkant opened the concert with “Prelude and Liebestod” by Wagner from the opera Tristan and Isolde. It was a haunting piece that set the tone of the evening. When it was over the audience roared with applause.

Following the introduction of Wagner, were the four winners of this year’s concerto competition.  Beren Vonnahme, an 11-year-old cellist, performed Goltermann’s “Concerto No. 4 for Cello, Op. 65 in G.” Vonnahme is a home schooled prodigy who has been playing the cello since age 4.

After Vonnahme’s performance, violinist and Lathrop high school sophomore Laila Brubaker played Kreisler’s “Praeludium & Allegro for Violin.”  Brubaker is a two-time winner of the concerto competition, previously winning in 2010.

Ray Hogenson played Chaminade’s famous “Concertino for Flue” next.  Hogenson is a sophomore at West Valley High School and has been studying the flute since age 6.

Ending the concertos performed today was UAF senior voice student and soprano Rebecca File.  File performed Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915.”  In addition to her performances with the music department at UAF, File is involved in Fairbanks’ local music scene as a member of several bands.  She will graduate with a Music Education degree in May.

Each performer was met with standing ovations and flowers for their performance. There was a reception outside the concert hall with snacks for audience members and performers.

This year marks Zilberkant’s 12th season with the FSO and Alaska Chamber Orchesta as their Music Director and Conductor.

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