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Young Artists' winners to perform July 1 at the Redlands Bowl

June 24, 2014

By Betty Tyler, Redlands Daily Facts, Calif.



June 24--Young musicians will take center stage for the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival's second concert of the season.

The winners of the 63rd annual Redlands Bowl Young Artists' auditions perform at 8:15 p.m.July 1 at the Redlands Bowl.

The number of winners and the selection of instruments and vocal ranges vary from year to year, but there is usually at least one pianist, one string player and one singer among the winners.

This year's concert will feature two of each of those, plus a trombonist.

The winners are pianists Wenfang Han in the junior division and Kyle Orth in the senior division; sopranos Melissa McCann and University of Redlands graduate Emily Collins, both in the senior division; violist Matthew Yee, junior division; violinist Konrad Rudowicz, senior division; and trombonist Liam Glendening, a student at Redlands High School, in the junior division.

They were chosen by a panel of judges including Frank Fetta, the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival's artistic adviser and conductor; Nicholle Andrews, choral director at the University of Redlands; violinist Zlata Grekov, who was a Young Artists' Auditions winner in 2004; and pianist Kim Hoeptner of Redlands, a 1956 Young Artists' Auditions winner who has been involved with the Redlands Bowl for many years.

"It was very difficult to come to a decision," Hoeptner said. "We had many excellent competitors.

"Having been a winner and a performer in the Bowl and head of the Young Artists' competition for years and now a judge, the one I find most difficult is being a judge," Hoeptner said.

Frank Fetta said it's remarkable how many of the past Young Artists' auditions winners have gone on to careers in music and have come back to perform again at the Redlands Bowl.

"I hope we continually can present these people at the Bowl -- and bring them back as fully mature artists," Fetta said.

"It's a pleasure to see these people starting out and wondering where they'll be in a few years," Hoeptner said. "I imagine they will have very successful careers.

"Anybody who comes (to the concert) -- they're going to be very, very glad they did," Hoeptner said.

The Young Artists' Auditions winners' concert will open with pianist Wenfang Han playing Scherzo No. 4 in E Major by Frederic Chopin and Moment Musicaux in E Minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

At the age of 13, Wenfang has already won many awards in Asia and Europe, according to the program notes for the concert. He has performed with orchestras in China and Poland and won a first-place award in the Steinway & Sons International Piano Competition.

Following Wenfang is another junior division winner, 11-year-old violist Matthew Yee, who is concertmaster of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District Honors Orchestra.

Matthew will play the first movement of the Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77, by Johannes Brahms.

Next on the program is soprano Melissa McCann, who will sing "The Willow Song" from "The Ballad of Baby Doe" by Douglas Moore. McCann is working toward a Master of Fine Arts degree in vocal performance at UC Irvine and has performed in music festivals throughout Europe.

Trombonist Liam Glendening of Redlands will conclude the first half of the program with "Cavatine" by Camille Saint-Saens and "Atlantic Zephyrs" by Gardell Simons. Liam plays in the Redlands High School Wind Ensemble and is principal trombone of the Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra.

The second half of the program opens with violinist Konrad Rudowicz playing "Nigun" from "Baal Shem Suite" by Ernest Bloch. Rudowicz, a native of Lodz, Poland, is a graduate of the Academy of Music in Lodz and will begin graduate studies at the University of Houston'sMoores School of Music.

Soprano Emily Collins will sing "Song to the Moon" from "Rusalka" by Antonin Dvorak and "Pace, pace mio Dio" from "La forza del destino" by Guiseppe Verdi. She received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in voice from the University of Redlands and in 2011 was the grand prize winner of the university's concerto competition.

Pianist Kyle Orth will conclude the concert with "Les Jeux d'eaux a la villa d'Este" from Franz Liszt's "Annees de Pelerinage" and "Danse russe" from "Trois mouvements de Petrouchka" by Igor Stravinsky.

At intermission, members of the associates of the Redlands Bowl will present scholarship awards to the Young Artists' Auditions winners.

Eric Gruenler is master of ceremonies for the program.

There is no admission charge. Freewill donations will be collected at intermission.

Information: redlandsbowl.org

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