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Music students to compete in prestigious concerto competition

Four finalists perform with Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra


Music faculty Edmond Agopian hosts the annual RBC Concerto Competition, in which music students receive the exceptional opportunity to perform as soloists with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Photo by Mark Skogen

By Aurélie Maerten
February 24, 2016

Four music students from the University of Calgary are performing as soloists, accompanied by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO), on Tuesday, March 1 at 8 p.m. in the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall of the Rozsa Centre as part of the 2016 RBC Concerto Competition.

The annual concerto competition, which started in 2006, is a special partnership between the RBC Foundation, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the music division at the School of Creative and Performing Arts. Through this competition, music students receive the exceptional opportunity to perform as soloists with one of the major professional Canadian orchestras.

This year’s fall preliminary competition selected four talented finalists, who will grace the stage this upcoming Tuesday.

Zixin Chen, a fifth year BMus student, will perform Schumann’s Piano Concerto op. 54, 1st movement; Andrew Park, a firstyear BMus student, will play Kabalevsky’s Cello Concerto No. 1, 1st movement; Conor Stuart, a second year MMus student, will present Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto Op. 64, 1st movement; and Linda Wang, a second year BComm student, will perform Séjourné’s Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra, complete (1st and 2nd movements).

The First Prize winner will be featured as a soloist in additional performances with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as receive mentorship opportunities with visiting conductors and soloists of the CPO.

Tickets range from $18 to $25 and can be purchased online or at the door.

Pending availability, faculty and staff of the Faculty of Arts can receive free admission at the box office, by showing their UNICARD. Free tickets for students of the University of Calgary may be available under the Claim Your Seat program, but are not guaranteed.