Each year, the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra hosts a concerto competition to select the best of the best of Valdosta State University’s music students.
The winner performs with the orchestra in the April youth concert. The contestants perform a recital of their winning performances for the public.
The VSO Honors Recital returns this weekend on campus.
“Every year it becomes more difficult to choose a winner because the level of musicianship is extremely high,” said Howard Hsu, VSO conductor. “The Honors Recital audience will hear some of our most talented and accomplished students.”
These students include violinist Mariana Krewer, who was selected as this year’s winner. She is a student of VSU Music faculty member Brent Williams. A second year graduate student, Krewer is working on her master of music performance degree. She will perform the second movement of the Brahms Violin Concerto with the orchestra on April 24.
This Saturday, for the honors recital, she will perform with Analine Acosta, piano; Fernando Chavez, alto saxophone; Eduardo Farias, trumpet; and Curtis Thornton, tuba. They will be accompanied by Valerie Smith, Amy Neal, Sara Seligosky and Angela Duncan on piano.
Hsu and visiting musicians adjudicated the competition.
The VSO Honors Recital is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, Whitehead Auditorium, VSU Fine Arts Building, corner of Oak and Brookwood. Admission: Free and open to the public.