The 49th Annual President’s Concert occurred on February 5th in Crowder Hall at the Fred Fox School of Music. This concert featured students who won the highly competitive University of Arizona Concerto Competition alongside the Arizona Symphony Orchestra in performance for the University’s president, Dr. Robert C. Robbins. Winners from the concerto competition are chosen from each of the performance areas in the music school – voice, strings, wind, keyboard and percussion. They demonstrate the very best of the talent and training that the Fred Fox School of Music has to offer.
This year’s winners were pianist Wenxin Guan, who performed Mendelssohn’sPiano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25, followed by mezzo-soprano Martina Portychova who sang “Nobles Seigneurs, salut!” from Les Huguenots by Giacomo Meyerbeer. Gloria Ines Orozco Dorado performed Black Dog Concerto by Scott McAllister on the clarinet; and lastly, violinist Emmy Tisdel played movement one, Allegro moderato, of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35. The student performances were conducted by graduate students Fátima Corona del Toro and Yudai Ueda. The concert began with Melody by Myroslav Skoryk and ended with Polovtsian Dances from the opera Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin both conducted by the Director of Orchestral Activities, Dr. Thomas Cockrell.