MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Symphony, conducted by Dr. Benjamin Locke, will present its annual Winter Concert on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m. in Rosse Hall on the Kenyon College campus in Gambier. This concert features the winners of the Young Musicians Competition held in October. The winners this year are soprano Rachael Aust, harpist Lily Ann McBride, bassoonist Claire Matlak and soprano Jill Hanley.
Aust, who earned second place in the High School Division, is a junior in high school and a native of Gambier. Aust began singing with the Choraliers in Mount Vernon at the age of 7 under the direction of Diane Dingler, who is now her vocal instructor. She has danced and sung with MTVArts in the musicals “Beauty and the Beast,” “Peter Pan,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Annie,” “Cinderella” and performed the role of Marty in the 2012 production of “Grease.” She will be singing two arias: Mozart’s “Una donna a quindici anni” from the opera Cosi fan tutte, and Charles Gounod’s “Ah, je veux vivre” from Romeo and Juliette.
McBride earned first place in the High School Division, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School and lives in Gambier. She has studied the harp for 11 years and piano for 12 years with Janet Thompson. She has been a member of the Kenyon College Harp Ensemble since the eighth grade. This is Lily’s second appearance as a winner of the Young Musicians Competition, having earned first place in 2011. In this concert she will be performing Introduction and Allegro by Maurice Ravel.
Matlak was selected as the second place winner in the Collegiate Division. She hails from Worthington and is a sophomore at Kenyon College. She has studied bassoon with Trueman Allison and Bailey Sorton and has been a member of the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Ohio Music Education Association All-State Orchestra, the Columbus Youth Symphonic Band, and currently the Knox County Symphony. Matlak was a featured performer on Kenyon’s Angela Waite Recital Series in the spring of 2012. She will be performing the “Hungarian Andante” and “Rondo” by Carl Maria von Weber.
The first place winner in the Collegiate Division is Hanley from Malvern, Pa. She is a senior at Kenyon College where she is majoring in English with a minor in music and history. She is a member of the Kenyon a cappella group Take Five. Hanley is the voice student of Jennifer Marcellana. She will be performing two Baroque arias: “Dido’s Lament” from Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and “O had I Jubal’s lyre” from Handel’s oratorio Joshua.
The concert is bookended by the works of two of America’s finest composers. The opening number is the Overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein, and the closing composition is Aaron Copland’s rousing Hoe-Down from Rodeo. Also featured on the program are seven Swedish Dances composed by Max Bruch.
The Young Musicians Competition is co-sponsored by the Psi Iota Xi Sorority. Tickets are available at the door, or by calling Sarah Goslee Reed at 392-4955.
Published on January 28, 2013