WPR and WPT to Broadcast Final Round of 2011 Bolz Young Artists Competition

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March 13, 2011

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Lynn Brockmeyer, WPT publicist, 608-263-3364, brockmeyer@wpt.org
Liz Koerner, WPT producer, 608-263-6023, koerner@wpt.org

Four of Wisconsin’s most talented young musicians will vie for honors when Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte is broadcast throughout Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) listeners may hear the competition during a live radio broadcast at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16.  

The television broadcast of the competition premieres 8 p.m. Monday, March 28 on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) with an encore broadcast at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2.

The program is hosted by WPT's Kathy Bissen and Lori Skelton of WPR.

The finalists in the 2011 Bolz Young Artist Competition are pianist Ariela Bohrod, cellist Elliot Yang and violinists Leah Latorraca and Valerie Clare Sanders.

Each finalist will perform a concerto excerpt with the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) under the direction of Music Director John DeMain before a live audience. Bohrod will perform the first movement from “Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22” by Camille Saint-Saëns. Yang will perform the first movement from “Concerto No. 1 in Eb Major, Op. 107” by Dmitri Shostakovich. Latorraca will perform the first movement from Concerto No. 2 by Béla Bartók and Sanders will perform the Cadenza and Burlesque from “Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77” by Dmitri Shostakovich.

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.

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

Broadcasts of Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte are made possible, in part, by principal gifts from the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation.
Additional gifts are provided by Fred and Mary Mohs, the A. Paul Jones Charitable Trust, Stanley and Shirley Inhorn, Diane Ballweg, Mildred and Marv Conney, James F. Crow, ETC Foundation, Sentry Insurance Foundation and the 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.

Editor's note: A composite image of the finalists, as well as individual images are available by e-mailing Lynn Brockmeyer at lynn.brockmeyer@wpt.org.