The Paducah Symphony Orchestra and the Murray State University Department of Music are pleased to announce that MSU will host the final round of the annual Young Artists Concerto Competition on Sunday, February 2, 2014. The competition is open to the public and will begin at 3:00pm in the Performing Arts Hall on the Murray State campus. This performance is part of the Paducah Symphony’s Encore Series.

The afternoon program will feature six talented young instrumental artists, playing works by Elgar, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, and Saint-Saens. One finalist will be chosen to receive a $1,000 cash prize, an MSU music scholarship, and an opportunity to perform with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra during the 2014–2015 season.

This year’s panel of judges consists of Maestro Raffaele Ponti, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra; Dr. Sue-Jean Park, Assistant Professor of Violin at Murray State and Concertmaster of the Paducah and Jackson (TN) Symphonies; and Dr. Lelia Sadlier, pianist and faculty member at the University of Texas—Pan American.

Founded in 1987 by former MSU professor Richard Scott, the purpose of the Young Artist Concerto Competition is to showcase the best high school musicians from the region and to give them an incentive to hone their special talents as a soloist with a symphony orchestra.

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