Posting Date: September 22, 2010
Concerto Competition winners to perform with KSU Orchestra
Winners include a student violinist, pianist and composer
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Adam von Housen and Tsuey Wei Seah
KENNESAW, Ga.—Three student winners from the 2010 Kennesaw State University Concerto Competition will be highlighted in the KSU Orchestra concert on Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. Student violinist Adam von Housen, pianist Tsuey Wei Seah and composer Steven Melin were selected from a field of 10 finalists during the Feb. 25 competition to have their work featured in this special performance with the orchestra.
Student composition contest winner Melin, whose "Tempest" will be featured, shares the following: "A live performance is a composer's greatest wish, something we long for but rarely get. I am humbled and honored to experience the premiere of my first classical symphonic work with an orchestra of such caliber."
Von Housen, who will be performing Violin Concerto Mvt. 1 by Jean Sibelius, says, "I'm quite honored to have been chosen as one of the winners of the 2010 Concerto Competition, especially considering the caliber of the other musicians with whom I advanced to the finals. I worked hard throughout the three phases of the competition, though, and it obviously paid off."
Seah, who will be performing Concerto in G Minor, op. 22 Mvt. 1 by Camille Saint-Saëns, explains, "Honestly, it's a very interesting feeling being a winner. I can only say I feel really good and also felt very lucky to win."
The evening's program also includes Igor Stravinsky's "The Firebird."
"This concert displays some of the great work that is being done by our students," says Michael Alexander, KSU director of orchestras. "The composition by Steven Melin is terrific and the concerto winners are stellar. We will close the concert with 'The Firebird', which will fully display the talents of the entire orchestra."
Tickets for the Oct. 11 event are $5 and are available at the KSU box office. For more information, call 770-423-6650.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,500 from 142 countries.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.