If you’re worried that classical music: 1) is only for the 40+ crowd; 2) is neglected in the school system; 3) is in a state of unhealthy isolation from the larger culture, then you can take heart from Nicole Swanson, the newly-crowned Miss Minnesota.
Swanson, who was crowned earlier this week, has a degree in viola performance from the University of Minnesota, and played a classical viola piece in the talent section of the pageant. (Sorry, don't know the repertoire.) And as Miss Minnesota, she plans to work with students, teachers, and parents to promote the value of music in education.
On to the nationals!
Nicole played a stunning rendition of Fritz Kreisler's
"Praeludium and Allegro" which is originally for violin
and piano, but Ms. Swanson performed a transcription
of the work on her chosen instrument, the viola.
Nicole has it all - beauty, brains, and talent! You can see many wonderful picturesof Nicole performing at the Miss Minnesota pageant at
There are 7 pages of photos.