Orchestra Christmas Concert

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

Nov. 15, 1996

Young Local Artists Featured in Christmas Concert

The UW-River Falls Orchestra will perform a free holiday concert on Dec. 8 that features performances by the winners of a state-wide musical competition.

The concert is set for 7 p.m. in the Abbott Concert Hall of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building.

"We've never done a concert like this one before," said conducter Kristin Tjornehoj of the UW-RF music department. "It's really exciting!"

The concert will showcase the winners of the Young Artist Competition, a state-wide event inaugurated at UW-RF in October. Students 19 and younger displayed their musical talents before a panel of expert judges who rated their performance.

The first place winner, Theresa Possehl, is a junior at Hudson High School and a student of UW-RF Professor Lillian Tan. Possehl will perform Saint-Saens' "Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor."

The second place winner, Anna Skrupky, from Turtle Lake, will solo on the Richard Strauss "Horn Concerto."

Third place winner David Munkittrick is a seventh grade student at St. Bridget's in River Falls who will be featured performing Antonio Vivaldi's "Violin Concerto in A Minor."

Other selections to be performed include festive pieces such as Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride;" "Dance of the Tumblers" from Rimsky-Korsakoff's "The Snow Maiden," and the well-known "March of the Toys" from Victor Herbert's "Babes in Toyland."

In addition, UW-RF faculty member Joy Scheib will bring vocal accompaniment to the holiday favorites "Greensleeves" and "Silent Night."

With the festive decorations of the Abbott Concert Hall and the outstanding contributions of area musicians, Tjornehoj says, this concert is sure to bring the Christmas spirit to all who attend.

For more information call 715/425-3183.

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