Release Date: September 23, 2007

Concerto competition winners to perform with Kennesaw State Orchestra

Contact: Cheryl Anderson Brown, Assistant Director of Public Relations
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KENNESAW, Ga.Talented student musicians Jessica Bradfield, Kelly Cato and Ivana Sri competed in Kennesaw State University’s Annual Concerto Competition and have won the opportunity to perform with KSU Symphony orchestra. The performance will take place on Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. in the new Dr. Bobbie Bailey and Family Performance Hall.

Bradfield, Cato and Sri went through three rounds of competition, which culminated in a performance for the public and a panel of outside judges who are professional musicians in the community. “There were an estimated 30 students who competed for this opportunity,” stated KSUSO Director Michael Alexander. He noted that Bradfield, Cato and Sri were selected because each of them “had a strong connection to the piece they were performing, they were each really well prepared and they were able to connect well with the audience.”

Jessica Bradfield is a soprano vocalist, whose accomplishments include major roles in KSU operas such as Adina in “Elixir of Love” and Laetitia in “The Old Maid and the Thief.” She has also taken master classes with Marietta-native opera singer Jennifer Larmore. Bradfield will sing Mozart’s “Batti, batti” from “Don Giovanni” with the accompaniment of the orchestra.

Kelly Cato is a flutist, whose accomplishments include performing with the Cobb Symphony Orchestra and participating in the Suwanee Music Festival in Tennessee. She will perform Mozart’s Concerto for Flute in G Major, Mvt. 1 with the orchestra.

This is pianist Ivana Sri’s second time winning the KSU Concerto Competition. Her additional accomplishments include the Joseph Meeks Scholarship (named for the dean of the KSU College of the Arts) from the Steinway Society of Atlanta and the Georgia Music Educators Association college division piano competition, which earned her a performance at their statewide convention in Savannah in January 2007. She has also performed with Cobb Symphony Orchestra. She will perform Tchaikovsky’s Concerto #1 for Piano, Mvt. 1.

Additionally, the program will include Franck’s “Symphony in D Minor.” This event is open to the public and tickets are $5 each. For reservations or additional information, please contact the KSU Box Office at 770-423-6650.


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