Posted at 10:35 AM on July 5, 2011
by Melissa Ousley
Filed under: Piano eComp
The Minnesota International e-Piano Jr. Competition got underway this weekend in St. Paul. On Saturday and Sunday, 25 contestants from 10 countries took turns performing before a panel of distinguished judges. For the First Round, pianists must play for about 25 minutes, and include music of several genres. Everything is memorized. Because this is a junior competition, pianists must be 17 or younger. In fact, three of them are just 12.
On Sunday night, the judges made the difficult decision as to which contestants would move on to Round Two. This cut, from 25 to 12, is the biggest and can be heartbreaking for those who are eliminated. These kids are tremendously gifted, they work hard, and they're not accustomed to defeat.
Rounds Two and Three are on Tuesday and Wednesday at Hamline University's Sundin Hall in St. Paul. The playing begins at noon each day and lasts until early evening. There is a charge for admission, but it's very reasonable. As I listened to the performances over the weekend there were many times when I said to myself, "I'd pay money to hear this person play." Plus, who knows? You may be in on the discovery of the next classical superstar.
A cowboy named Curley sings a hymn to a beautiful day. A Midwestern confidence man is at the top of his game in River City. Iowa. A man on a magic baseball field plays catch with his own father when he was younger than himself. A quietly heroic lawyer in a small southern town tries to deliver some difficult justice. And the second President of the United States asks, "Is Anybody There?" in the anxious hours leading up to the signing of the document we celebrate on the Fourth of July.
These are just some of the musical moments in the films making up the Fourth of July edition of Roll Credits. Lynne Warfel and Bill Morelock celebrate a particular American genius at work in Oklahoma!, The Music Man, Field of Dreams, To Kill a Mockingbird, 1776, and more.
Highlights from July 5 to 11
Tuesday--Friday, 5 pm hour: updates from the e-Piano Junior Competition
Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Elisso Virzaladze
Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: Sommerfest opens with A Night in Vienna
Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Summer Concerts
Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast:The Montreal Symphony Orchestra in symphonies, including Beethoven's Fifth
Monday, 8 pm: Roll Credits: Romance