Final Round of 2012 Bolz Young Artist Competition to be Broadcast Live Statewide on Public Television and Public Radio

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February 29, 2012

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Lynn Brockmeyer, WPT publicist, 608-263-3364, brockmeyer@wpt.org
John Gerbig, WPT producer, 608-265-4444, john.gerbig@wpt.org

Four of Wisconsin’s most talented young musicians will vie for honors in the 2012 Bolz Young Artist Competition.

The live broadcast of the competition, Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte, airs statewide at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT), Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) and Milwaukee’s MPTV. The program will be live simulcast on the Web at wpt.org. WPT will offer an encore broadcast at 8 p.m. Friday, March 23.

WPT's Adam Schrager and Lori Skelton of WPR will cohost.

Members of the public may attend the live performance at Overture Hall in Madison. Tickets are free; call 608-257-3734 for reservations. The audience must be seated by 6:45 p.m.

The finalists are pianists Michael Doerr and Garrick Olsen, violinist Anthony Cudzinovic and trombonist Charles Dieterle.

Each finalist will perform with the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) under the direction of Music Director John DeMain before a live audience.

Doerr will play excerpts from Rachmaninoff's “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.” Olsen will perform Ravel's “Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D Major.” Cudzinovic will play the 1st movement from Khachaturian's “Violin Concerto in D minor,” and Dieterle will play Grondahl's “Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra.”

The winner and runner-up will be featured as soloists with the MSO at the Spring Young People’s Concert. In addition, each student will receive a $2,000 scholarship, either the Marian Bolz Prize or the Steenbock Youth Music Award. Up to two Honorable Mention scholarships of $1,000 may be awarded.

Broadcasts of Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte are a collaboration of Wisconsin Public Television, the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Wisconsin Public Radio.

Funding for Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte is provided by gifts from Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation, Diane Endres Ballweg, Stanley and Shirley Inhorn, Julie and Larry Midtbo, Fred and Mary Mohs, Sentry Insurance Foundation, A. Paul Jones Charitable Trust, Mildred and Marv Conney, James F. Crow, Kato L. Perlman, Baird, and Friends of Wisconsin Public Television. 

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