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See Music Students Perform at Kennedy Center

May 17, 2005

Four School of Music students will perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., on May 23, as part of the John F. Kennedy for the Performing Arts year-old Conservatory Project for developing and presenting young talent.

Twice a year, the nation’s leading music schools are invited to send students to the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theatre to introduce top new talent to the public. Project participants have the opportunity to be critiqued by world-renown musicians.

The Conservatory Project is part of the Kennedy Center’s “Performing Arts for Everyone” initiative, which provides free daily performances at 6 p.m.

The following Northwestern music students will perform at the Kennedy Center May 23:

Cellist Anna Burden, 20, a junior who studies with Professor Hans Jorgen Jensen, will perform Gregor Piatigorsky’s “Variations on a Theme of Paganini.” The winner of more than 15 prizes, Burden has served as principal cellist for the Midwest Young Artists Orchestra, the Viva Vivaldi Orchestra, and is principal cellist of the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra. She is a resident of Lake Bluff, Ill.

Trumpeter Ethan Bensdorf, 20, a sophomore who studies with Northwestern Professors Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer, will perform Oskar Böhme’s Concerto for Trumpet in F Minor, Op. 18. Bensdorf is a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and an active freelancer in the area, performing with such groups as the Lira Ensemble and the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. Bensdorf is a resident of Evanston, Ill.

Pianist Yoko Yamada-Selvaggio will accompany Burden and Bensdorf.

Marimbist Owen Clayton Condon, 27, is pursing a doctor of music degree at Northwestern where he studies with Professor Michael Burritt. Condon will perform Northwestern alumnus Joseph Schwantner’s 1990 work “Velocities.” Condon has performed with the Tucson Symphony and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and as a guest artist with the contemporary ensemble eighth blackbird. Condon is a resident of Louisville, Ky.

Winston Choi, 27, is a doctoral student at Northwestern studying with Professor Ursula Oppens. Choi will perform Olivier Messiaen’s Prelude No. 5 (“Les sons impalpables du rêve”) and Alexander Scriabin’s Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 53. Choi has been the recipient of numerous prizes and honors, including First Prize in the 2002 Orléans Concours International in France for Twentieth Century Music and Second Laureate in the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary, Canada. He has been a featured guest artist in orchestras around the world, including France’s l’Orchestre Symphonique d’Orleans, Canada’s Calgary Symphony Orchestra, Colombia’s La Orquesta Sinfonica, and the Boston-based Kalistos Chamber Orchestra. Choi is a resident of Toronto.

“I am very pleased that the School of Music has been selected for this prestigious program,” said Dean Toni-Marie Montgomery. “The Conservatory Project will introduce new audiences to the wonderful talent here at Northwestern.”

For more information about The Conservatory Project go to http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millenniun/conservatory.html.

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