Hays symphony to host 11th annual Young Artists' Competition


Three exceptional student musicians have won the right to perform at the Hays Symphony Orchestra's Young Artist Competition at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Fort Hays State University's Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center.

The concert will open with a performance by the Hays Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ben Cline, chair and associate professor of the Department of Music and Theatre at FHSU.

This year's Young Artists' Competition was open to pianists only. The finalists are all from the University of Kansas.

Chen Shuman will perform "Variations on a Theme of Paganini" by Rachmaninoff; Wen-Ting Ong will perform "Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major" by Prokofiev; and Chaeyoung Park will perform "Piano Concerto No. 1" by Beethoven.

The orchestra will accompany each soloist as they vie for the top prize of $1,000.

"This will be an exciting concert presenting a diverse program performed by outstanding soloists," said Dr. Kristin Pisano, associate professor of music and theatre.

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