Posting Date: September 25, 2009
Concerto Competition winners set to perform with KSU OrchestraBy Jonquil Harris
The three winners of Kennesaw State University’s 2009 Concerto Competition will be showcased with the KSU Orchestra at 8 p.m. on Oct. 7 in the Performance Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. Tenor Michael Alcorn of Acworth, saxophonist Noah Vece of Kennesaw and composer Peter Westin of Acworth are the three student musicians chosen as the winners of the annual competition that was held on Feb. 26. The students went through three rigorous rounds of competition and judging before finally being selected.
The concert will feature Suite in G composed by Westin and performed by the KSU Orchestra. This movement was written in memory of his uncle who passed away from leukemia. Vece will perform Concerto da Camera for Saxophone by Jacques Ibert. The scat-jazz piece’s first movement, “Allegro con Moto,” displays a rich sound of alto saxophone and piano while the second movement, Larghetto–Animato Molto, is more reminiscent of a blues sound. Alcorn will perform "Here I Stand…" from "The Rake's Progress" by Igor Stravinsky. The KSU Orchestra will also perform Symphony in C by Bizet.
KSU Orchestra Director Michael Alexander promises that the audience will enjoy ”a spirited concert that shows off the many diverse talents in the School of Music as well as a unique opportunity to hear a saxophone concerto and the premiere of a new student work.”