HSO to showcase young musicians at concert

Winners of the recent Young Artist Competition at Hastings College will perform as soloists with Hastings Symphony Orchestra conducted by Byron Jensen at Sunday’s 3 p.m. concert at the Masonic Center Auditorium, 411 N. Hastings Ave.

Flautist Margaret (Gregory) Lambie and lyric baritone Jacob Gilchrist were chosen as winner and runner-up, respectively, in the Young Artist competition for HC students.

Lambie has served as second flautist with the symphony for the past several years. She will perform the final movement from Jacques Ibert’s “Concerto for Flute and Orchestra,” a whimsical ride through ever-shifting rhythms and harmonies.

Gilchrist will sing two vocal selections: “Vision Fugitive,” from Jules Massenet’s “Herodiade,” and “Tanzlied des Pierrot,” an aria composed by Erich Korngold. Both selections recount love that can never be acquired, either honorably or devotedly.

Also included in the concert will be Richard Wagner’s “Overture to Rienzi,” one of his earlier operas cast in the formidable grand opera tradition that placed him among the greats of his time.

As a tribute to Black History Month, the set list includes a performance of “Suite for Orchestra” by Ulysses Kay. Kay was an important figure in the world of classical music as an African-American composer and conductor. He incorporated jazz, blues and gospel styles into his music. His “Suite For Orchestra” explores such musical ideas, but more so for the essence of the themes as opposed to being literal portrayals of those styles.

Jensen says the concert’s many musical twists and turns provide universal appeal to listeners of all ages.

“This will be a very fun concert,” he said. “Every selection on this concert is fairly short, but the intensity that each composer brings to the audience is powerful and mesmerizing.

“Margaret and Jacob are both very gifted musicians. Their solo performances with HSO will certainly inspire all of us.”

Tickets for the show, including discount tickets for students, can be purchased at the ticket window beginning at 2:15 p.m. the day of the concert.

For information, call 402-469-9396 or visit the HSO web site online at www.hastingssymphony.com.

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