MIAMI---Every music student’s dream, to lead an orchestra as soloist, will become reality as nine of New World School of the
Arts’ finest musicians are hailed as the 2008 Winners of the Annual Concerto Competition. Under the direction of conductor Dr. Alfred Gershfeld, the winners, comprised of four high school and five college students from NWSA will perform with the famed school’s symphony orchestra on Monday, February 25. The 7:00 PM free concert takes place at Ransom Everglades Auditorium, 3575 Main Highway, Coconut Grove.
Judged by three external guest musicians, the Annual Concerto Competition gives students “the opportunity to play a solo concerto with orchestra - the highlight of any young musician’s life. This concert is a chance to hear the outstanding musical soloists of the future,” stated Jeffrey Hodgson, Dean of Music at New World School of the Arts. The nine winners, selected from among a pool of 25 participants, were selected though a judged competition by Elaine Rinaldi, Conductor and Pianist from New York, Roberta Rust, Piano professor at Lynn University in Boca and Michael Linville, Dean of Musicians at Miami’s New World Symphony.
Among the 2008 winners who will perform on Monday the 25th are: Joshua Lindsay, bassoon; Jorge Gomez, guitar; Darrah Treleaven, viola; Alexandra Levine, mezzo-soprano; Raquel Vilagra, violin; Catherine Spitzer, soprano; Ericmar Pardon, violin; Sandra Marante, soprano and Brent Charran, cello.
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts and is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.