Posted at 9:06 AM on July 10, 2009
by Melissa Ousley
Filed under: Piano eComp
Today at noon, the remaining finalists of the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition will be on stage at Orchestra Hall to perform with the Minnesota Orchestra. The chance to play with a world-class ensemble is, no doubt, a wonderful opportunity. Still, there's plenty of pressure. At 6:30 this evening, in an Awards Ceremony also on the Orchestra Hall stage, we'll find out how the judges rated the six finalists. At 8, the 1st prize winner will play his or her concerto one more time with the Minnesota Orchestra.
The lineup for today's noontime concert includes Italy's Alessandro Taverna in Chopin's Concerto #1; Howard Na of the United States plays the Concerto #2 by Saint-Saens; and Rachmaninoff Concerto #3 gets another read, this time by Pavel Yeletsky of Belarus.
For those of you who have been following the competition, I'm curious to know if you have a favorite (or two)?
Listen to my conversation with John Birge to learn more about finalists Howard Na and Pavel Yeletsky
From the accident-prone world of opera comes news that while singing Rossini's Barber of Seville, mezzo-soprano Joyce Di Donato broke one of the bones in her leg -- but carried on and completed the performance.
And if that suggests any plays on words. . . . well, they've been thought of already. Here's her own account of that night, puns and all.