Connecticut College, Evans Hall, 270 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT
The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra invites the public to a free afternoon of music and refreshments on Sunday. The 53rd annual ECSO Instrumental Competition Finals will be held at 1 p.m. in Evans Hall on the Connecticut College Campus in New London. A maximum of 12 finalists from the top music conservatories across the country will compete for a first prize of $3,000 and the possibility of soloing with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra during the 2012-13 concert season. Second prize is $1,500 and third prize is $750.
All entries were pre-judged in the first round by CD’s. The instruments will include violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, and saxophone. The 2011 winner, Matthew Griffith performed with the ECSO on January 21, 2012, to rave reviews.
The judges are Neal Larrabee, concert pianist, Stephan Tieszen, ECSO Concertmaster, Toshiyuki Shimada, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Music Director, Music Director of the Yale Symphony, and Music Director of the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes. The instrumentalists will perform followed by the judges retiring to make their decision while the audience is treated to free refreshments. For further information, call the Eastern Connecticut Symphony office at 860-443-2876.