Orchestra concert to highlight USD students

Orchestra concert to highlight USD students The winners of the annual USD Symphony Orchestra concerto competition will join the orchestra for a free concert on Thursday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Knutson Theatre in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.  Each year the orchestra has a concerto competition open to all juniors, seniors and graduate students at USD.  This year there were five winners.  Megan Donohoo, a master's voice performance student studying with Professor Rick Piersall, will sing Mozart's virtuosic "Der Holle Rache," also known as the Queen of the Night Aria.  Katie Blunck, a senior violin student of Dr. John Thomson, will play the first movement of Max Bruch's first violin concerto.  Scott Arens, a junior piano student of Dr. Susan Keith Gray, will play the finale of Mendelssohn's First Piano Concerto.  Wind players are well represented by David Earll and Andrew Wulf, who will play the solo parts in the Tuba Concerto by Ralph Vaughn-Williams and Bassoon Concerto by Johann Hummel, respectively.  Both students are seniors.  Earll studies with USD tuba professor Dr. Kenneth Drobnak, and Wulf works with USD bassoon professor Laurie Thomas. The program will end with the soloists joining the orchestra for a reading of Prokofieff's sparkling Lieutenant Kije Suite.  The orchestra will give the program for the fourth grade students of the Vermillion public schools at 1:30 p.m. the same afternoon. For additional information contact Rick Rognstad, 677-5722.

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