Minnesota Varsity Showcase: Minnesota's top young classical musicians

May 13, 2014
Nora Doyle (Courtney Perry for MPR) Lobby before the show (Courtney Perry for MPR) Host John Birge (Courtney Perry for MPR) Crystal Cheng (Courtney Perry for MPR) Crystal Cheng (Courtney Perry for MPR) Nora Doyle (Courtney Perry for MPR) Nora Doyle (Courtney Perry for MPR) Jacob Ingbar (Courtney Perry for MPR) Sarrah Bushara (Courtney Perry for MPR) Evren Ozel (Courtney Perry for MPR) American Public Media COO David Kansas (Courtney Perry for MPR) Can Canbolat, violin; Rosalind Leavell, cello; and Francesca Tortorello, piano (Courtney Perry for MPR) Can Canbolat, violin; Rosalind Leavell, cello; and Francesca Tortorello, piano (Courtney Perry for MPR) Rosalind Leavell (Courtney Perry for MPR) Ava Huebner and Riona Ryan (Courtney Perry for MPR) Riona Ryan (Courtney Perry for MPR) Crystal Cheng (Courtney Perry for MPR) Jacob Ingbar (Courtney Perry for MPR) Ava Huebner (Courtney Perry for MPR) Evren Ozel (Courtney Perry for MPR) Nora Doyle (Courtney Perry for MPR) Sarrah Bushara (Courtney Perry for MPR) Showcase round composer Ava Heubner (Courtney Perry for MPR) Showcase round composer Riona Ryan (Courtney Perry for MPR) Showcase artists curtain call (Courtney Perry for MPR)
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St. Paul, Minn. — It was cold and rainy on April 27, 2014, but inside the Fitzgerald Theater, a fire and passion burned among seven young classical musicians. They were the showcase round for Minnesota Varsity and they were about to perform live before hundreds at the theater, and thousands on the radio.

Hosted by John Birge, the evening was broken into two parts: performance artists and composition artists. The first part of the evening featured Crystal Cheng on piano, Nora Doyle on cello, vocalist Jacob Ingbar, Sarrah Bushara on oboe, and pianist Evren Ozel.

The second part of the event, featuring the composition artists, premiered the works of Ava Heubner and Riona Ryan. Both students composed piano trios, which were performed by University of Minnesota music graduate students Can Canbolat, violin; Rosalind Leavell, cello; and Francesca Tortorello, piano.

Before the end of the event, we combined votes from the theater and the online audience, declaring Nora Doyle the encore vote winner.

Showcase Round Artists

Crystal Cheng, Piano

Nora Doyle, Cello

Encore vote winner

Jacob Ingbar, Vocal

Sarrah Bushara, Oboe

Featured Round audience vote winner

Evren Ozel, Piano

Ava Huebner, composition

Riona Ryan, composition

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