Monday, February 27, 2012

Shreveport Symphony and the Wideman Piano Competition Finalists show how it's done at Saturday's GO FOR THE GOLD

Three finalists from the Wideman Piano Competition held in December 2011 walked onto the Riverview Theater stage to solo with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra Saturday evening February 25, 2012, and came away with Bronze, Silver and Gold medals. Two Rachmaninoff Concertos and one by Prokofiev had audience members jumping up from their seats to give standing ovations. Guest conductor for the program was David In-Jae Cho.

Yue Chu, Yejin Noh, Xixi Zhou and Kermit Poling
Yejin Noh - Bronze medal - playing the Rachmaninoff concerto No. 2
Xixi Zhou - Silver medal - Prokofiev Concerto No. 2
Yue Chu - Gold medal - Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3

Through some unique camera work with live images projected on a large screen above the orchestra, the audience was able to observe each pianist with an up close and personal view.

SSO Concertmaster Kermit Poling interviews the finalists above as the judges tabulate the votes.

Bronze medalist - Yejin Noh

Silver medalist Xixi Zhou with Wideman Director Lester Wilson

Gold medalist Yue Chu with Margaret Shehee

See you at next year's competition and in the meantime, support your local orchestra and the musicians who make it possible by sharing their talents with you.

For more photos of the competition winners go to Shreveportmusicians4ever by Susan Rogers

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