DALLAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 11TH LYNN HARRELL CONCERTO COMPETITION
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced today the winners of the 11th Annual Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition, which took place on Saturday, April 14, 2012 in Caruth Auditorium on the campus of Southern Methodist University.
Russell Houston of Dallas, Texas was awarded first place for his performance of Schelomo by Bloch, giving him a $3,500 scholarship and an opportunity to perform with the DSO for a live recording on the NPR Radio Program “From the Top” January 4, 2013. This is the first time in the history of the competition that a cellist has won first place. Alexandra Switala was awarded second place and a $2,500 scholarship, and Erik Wheeler was awarded third place and a $1,500 scholarship.
“We are continually impressed by the high level of talent each finalist brings to the competition,” said founder Lynn Harrell. “Russell Houston brought a special maturity to Bloch’s Schelomo that was a delight to hear, and we look forward to having Mr. Houston perform as a soloist at a future Dallas Symphony performance.”
Six teenage finalists were selected through recorded submissions and performed 20 minutes of a concerto of their choice at the competition last Saturday. The winners were determined by a panel of judges, including Lynn Harrell, conductor James Gaffigan, and DSO Co-Concertmaster Nathan Olson.
Established in 2001 by world-renowned cellist Lynn Harrell, the Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition is open to students ages 8 to 18 from Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Louisiana. The purpose of the competition is to identify and encourage the highest level of musical talent in the South Central United States. Past winners have gone on to study music at such prominent institutions as the Juilliard School Music Division, Eastman School of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Peabody Institute in Baltimore.
Sponsors for the Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition include Rita Sue and Alan Gold; Roberta and Tom Corbett (in memoriam); and Lynn Harrell.
As part of its on-going support and encouragement of past winners, 2011 LHCC winner Esther Liao will be performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the DSO in a special concert June 23, 2012.
MAKE-A-WISH NORTH TEXAS
On April 29, more than 30 years to the day after a young leukemia patient named Chris was granted his wish to be a police officer for a day, Make-A-Wish® supporters around the globe will celebrate World Wish Day, in honor of the wish that sparked a global wish-granting movement.
Make-A-Wish will mark World Wish Day with celebrations throughout the United States and in the 47 other countries in which it operates by celebrating the wishes being granted on that day. Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with a life-threatening medical condition approximately every 23 minutes somewhere in the world.
Make-A-Wish North Texas grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. In celebrating our 30th year, we have granted more than 6,900 wishes since our inception in 1982. Our goal is to be a unique part of the treatment process. With doctors providing the medicine, and Make-A-Wish supplying the magic, we strive to create miracles in the lives of some very extraordinary children. For more information about Make-A-Wish North Texas, please visit www.ntx.wish.org
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