GAMBIER — The Knox County Symphony will present its winter concert Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at 8 p.m. in Rosse Hall Auditorium on the campus of Kenyon College.
This concert features the winners of the Symphony’s annual Young Musicians Competition which was held last October. In the High School Division, Sarah Lord earned second place with her excerpt of Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, and Josephine Noonan took first place with the third movement of Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor. In the College Division, James Finley tied for second place with a performance of Romance for viola by Max Bruch. Lee Hartley also earned second place with the final movement of Mark O’Connor’s Fiddle Concerto, and first place was taken by Anna Deryck with the Canzonetta movement from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concert in D Major. The Knox County Symphony will open the concert with the Radetzky March by Johann Strauss, Sr., and close it with Bedrich Smetana’s The Moldau.
The Young Musicians Competition is co-sponsored by the Psi Iota Xi Sorority. They will also provide refreshments for the audience at the conclusion of the concert.
Sarah Lord is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. She studied piano for eight years with Lynn Jurkowitz and studied the past two years with Patricia Pelfrey. Lord has played the piano for the MVHS Forum program for the past three years, and has volunteered her time to play at numerous nursing homes throughout Knox County. She has also participated in OMEA competitions and has received Superior ratings in Class A.
Josephine Noonan is a senior at Mount Vernon High School and is taking classes at Mount Vernon Nazarene University through the College Credit Plus program. She has studied piano for twelve years, the past eleven with Janet Thompson-Edge. She also took viola lessons from Thompson-Edge for five years, and has studied with her current teacher Steven Wedell for three years. Josephine has performed at her church and for several weddings as part of a string trio with her sisters Julia and Jennifer.
James Finley, from Silver Spring, Maryland, is a sophomore English Major at Kenyon College. He has taken lessons on the violin for 15 years and viola for the past three years.
Lee Hartley is a senior at Kenyon College, majoring in English and creative writing, and minoring in music.
They have been studying traditional Irish music for thirteen years, first under Tara McGovern in Iowa City, and currently under Meg Litteral at Kenyon. They are members of the Knox County Symphony Orchestra and, while abroad last year, participated in the University of Exeter’s Modern Orchestra.
Anna Deryck, from Honolulu, Hawaii, is a junior at Kenyon where she is majoring in environmental studies and minoring in Physics. She began taking lessons at age three with Daniel Padilla, and later studied with Iggy Jang and Gerardo Ribeiro. Anna currently studies with Ariane Sletner.
Parking at Kenyon College, particularly in proximity to Rosse Hall, is problematic due to heavy construction going on at the campus. People with accessibility issues are urged to call (616) 490-9988 so that plans can be made to offer assistance. Maps that show parking areas can be found on the Knox County Symphony’s website, www.knoxcountysymphony.org.
The Knox County Symphony is in its 53 year of continuous operation, made up of musicians primarily from Knox County, including community members, high school students and college students. The orchestra is conducted by Dr. Benjamin Locke who has been at the helm since 1984.
Tickets will be available at the door, or by calling Sarah Goslee Reed at 740-392-4955.