Symphony Concert to Feature Solo Competition Winners

The South Kansas Symphony will present a concert Saturday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the newly-renovated Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration building on the Southwestern College campus.

The evening will feature three soloists who are winners of the annual student solo competition.

• Matt Berthot, a graduate music performance major, will sing the famous tenor aria “Nessun dorma” from Giacomo Puccini’s “Turandot.”

• Senior music major Jasmine Jackson, soprano, will sing “Quando m’en vo” from Puccini’s “La bohème.”

• Sophomore music education and vocal performance major Dylan Moore, tenor, will perform “Ombra mai fu” from George Frideric Handel’s “Serse.”

Also featured with be guest conductor Chris VanGilder. VanGilder is the Arkansas City High School band director and a 21-year veteran in music education. He has taken his ensembles twice to the Alamo Bowl and once to the Liberty Bowl as well as performances in Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, and other venues around the state.
“Chris is a leader in music in our region and we are fortunate to have him on our podium,” says executive director and conductor Daniel Stevens.

VanGilder will conduct Leroy Anderson’s “The Syncopated Clock.”

The performance will conclude with the final movement of Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 5.”

Saturday’s performance is underwritten by Jane Duncan and Craig and Diana Duncan. Tickets are $8 for preferred seating and $6 for general admission. For more information or tickets, call Rose Hanna at (620) 229-6272. Devices to assist those with hearing problems are available in the box office, and an area is reserved for handicapped patrons and their companions in the rear of the hall.

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