The Friends University Community Orchestra welcomes the winners of the Miller Concerto/Aria Competition and the Wichita Area Piano Teachers League Competition as guest soloists for a concert titled “Showcase.”
The performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 15 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium.
This concert will feature music composed by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov, Ibert and Copland. Two concerto competition winners will perform solo works with the orchestra. Amy Shelden, winner of the Wichita Piano Teacher’s League High School Division Concerto Competition, will perform the second movement of Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2”; and Jeremy Schrag, winner of Friends University’s Miller Concerto Competition, will perform Ibert’s “Concertino da Camera for Alto Saxophone and Eleven Players.” The major orchestral work on the program, “Scheherazade,” will feature concertmaster and Friends University faculty member Valerie Sullivan.
“There will be something for everyone to like in this concert: staples of the Romantic period for large orchestra, chamber music for small orchestra, virtuosic performances by soloists and orchestra members, and twentieth-century music influenced by jazz and Americana,” said Wes DeSpain, adjunct professor of music at Friends University.
Tickets for the concert cost $10 for adults, and $8 for senior citizens and students. To purchase tickets for this event or any other fine arts event at Friends University, contact the Fine Arts Box Office at 316-295-5677.