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Release: April 11, 2002

UI Chamber Orchestra Features Concerto/Aria Competition Winner April 27

The University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra will feature pianist Magdalina Melkonyan, winner of the annual Concerto/Aria Competition at the UI School of Music, on a free public concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Melkyonan, a graduate student from Armenia who studies at the UI with Ksenia Nosikova, will play Franz Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2 in A minor. John Winzenburg, a graduate student in the School of Music, will conduct.

The concert will also feature graduate student conductor Lucia Matos leading the orchestra in a performance of Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4 in A major ("Italian').

The Concerto/Aria competition is open to students in the UI School of Music. An annual event, the competition is judged by a panel of outside judges. The winner is given the opportunity to appear as a soloist with the University Chamber Orchestra.

The judges for this year's competition were Paul Anderson, a retired UI faculty member; Janet Bloom, director of the Cedar Rapids Symphony School; Edward Kottick, a retired UI faculty member; Christian Tiemeyer, music director of the Cedar Rapids Symphony; and Jonathan Thull, a UI School of Music alumnus and faculty member at Grinnell College.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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