Bolz Young Artist Competition Finale to Be Broadcast on WPT Feb. 2, Live Coverage Jan. 29 on WPT.org and WPR

January 21, 2016

For More Information:
Jonna Mayberry, WPT publicist, 608-263-3364, jonnatha.mayberry@wpt.org
John Gerbig, WPT producer, 608-265-4444, john.gerbig@wpt.org

Inclusion: Final Forte 2016 group photo. From left to right: pianists Audrianna Wu and Liam Mayo, violinist Tabby Rhee and marimbist Robert Rockman.

Bolz Young Artist Competition Finale to Be Broadcast on WPT Feb. 2, Live Coverage Jan. 29 on WPT.org and WPR
Members of the public are invited to attend the free live performance in Madison

Four of Wisconsin's most talented young musicians will perform in concert with the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) as Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) and Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) offer broadcast coverage of Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte. Full coverage of the concert will air on WPT 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, with live broadcasts of the concert 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29 via livestream on wpt.org and on WPR.

WPT will also broadcast an encore presentation 12 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7.

The Final Forte features pianists Audrianna Wu of Madison and Liam Mayo of Green Bay, violinist Tabby Rhee of Brookfield, and marimbist Robert Rockman of Sun Prairie in performance with Music Director John DeMain and the MSO as they vie for top honors in the 2016 Bolz Young Artist Competition. Christopher O’Riley, renowned classical pianist and host of National Public Radio’s From the Top, and Lori Skelton, host of WPR’s Afternoon Classics and Wisconsin Classical, will co-host the event.

Each finalist will perform a selection from a concerto for a panel of judges, who will award a range of scholarships to the competitors.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the free live performance in Overture Hall at the Overture Center in Madison. Call 608-257-3734 or visit madisonsymphony.org online to reserve a seat. Audience members must be seated by 6:45 p.m.

Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte is a partnership among the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television.

Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte is part of WPT’s multiyear Young Performers Initiative, a statewide effort to raise the visibility of the arts, celebrate the creative achievements of Wisconsin's young people and support the arts in education.

Major funding provided by Diane Ballweg, Stephen Morton, Julie and Larry Midtbo, Fred and Mary Mohs, Joe and Mary Ellyn Sensenbrenner, and The Boldt Company. With additional funds from A. Paul Jones Charitable Trust, Sentry Insurance Company, James Dahlberg and Elsebet Lund, W, Jerome Frautschi, Ann and Roger Hauck, Kato Perlman, Margaret C. Winston, Paul Guthrie (in memory of Ella Guthrie), Nick and Judith Topitzes (in memory of Kenneth Emmons) and Friends of Wisconsin Public Television.

WPT is a service of the Educational Communications Board and the University of Wisconsin–Extension.

Wisconsin Public Television is a place to grow through learning on WHA-TV, Madison; WPNE-TV, Green Bay; WHRM-TV, Wausau; WLEF-TV, Park Falls; WHLA-TV, La Crosse; and WHWC-TV, Menomonie-Eau Claire.

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