Give a hello for the winning cello

Posted 2/2/16

The category is: Classical Music. OK contestants, here is your Jeopardy answer: Cellist Alexander Hersh. Good luck and we’ll be back in a moment to see your questions.

You might be scratching your head now, but in the near future that could …

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Give a hello for the winning cello

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The category is: Classical Music. OK contestants, here is your Jeopardy answer: Cellist Alexander Hersh. Good luck and we’ll be back in a moment to see your questions.

You might be scratching your head now, but in the near future that could actually be one of the stumpers on the TV show. So, what would the correct question be? Well, that would be: Who won the 2016 Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition?.

That’s right, this years winner is 23 year old cellist Alexander Hersh. He’s a graduate student perusing his Masters degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and has already made his Symphony Hall debut with the Boston Pops and performed at the Kennedy Center. He has received numerous awards as both a soloist and as a chamber musician, including the Hellam Young Artist Competition, Boston Pops/New England Conservatory Competition, and New England Conservatory Honors Competition. In the summer of 2014, he served as principal cellist for the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in Switzerland.

For the competition Hersh performed the Schumann Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op.129. His outstanding technique and beautiful style earned him the top prize from among the 11 talented finalists in this year’s competition.

You will get two chances to hear him perform in our area this month. The first is for his Solo Recital and Reception Fund Raiser on Saturday, February 20, at Rockley Music Center, located at 8555 Colfax Avenue in Lakewood. He will be performing some of his favorite cello compositions in an intimate environment.

Tickets for this concert run $50 and include wine, desserts and various other refreshments. $45 of the ticket price goes to supporting next years competition and is tax deductible. This event runs from 7-9 p.m..

The second performance will be on Sunday, February 21 with the entire Jefferson Symphony Orchestra for their February Concert. That will be happening at 3 p.m. at the Colorado School of Mines Green Center, 924 16th Street, here in Golden.

This concert will be featuring Hersh performing the Schumann Cello Concerto that won him the prize. The Symphony will also be performing Vaughn Williams Symphony No.3 (Pastoral) and will be conducted by Dr. William Morse.

Tickets for the February Concert run $25 for Adults, $20 for Seniors with other discounts available for students and children. You can order tickets for either performance on line at www.jeffsymphony.org or by calling (303) 278-4237.

Started in 1959, the Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition celebrates the talent of outstanding young musicians. Held annually, this one-day competition was originally a contest meant to give local students their first experience at public performance. Over the years it has evolved into a gathering of international musicians competing for substantial cash awards. Students and graduates from some of the top music schools in the world are invited to compete and this has become one of the most prestigious artists competitions in the country

Piano competitions are held in odd-numbered years and Instrumental competitions take place in even-numbered years.

As I have mentioned before, if you have a budding young musician in your family, it’s always a great inspiration for them to get a chance to see the winners of this competition perform. Seeing young artist excel brings a musical experience much closer to their hearts.

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