Yesterday, The Minneapolis Music Teachers Forum held their annual Mozart Piano Concerto Competition at Schmitt Music Auditorium in Bloomington. Our thirteen-year-old Andre Peck, resident of La Crosse, Wisconsin, was chosen as the First Place Winner! Andre played the 2nd and 3rd movements of Mozart's Concerto in C Major, K. 467. As a result of this "victory" Andre will be presented in concert with the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra. The concert will take place on Saturday, March 18, at St. Albert the Great Church in Minneapolis. More details will follow. This will not be Andre's "first rodeo" as he had his concerto debut with the world class Fort Worth Symphony at the International Piano Texas Festival & Academy as an eleven-year-old. He performed the first movement of the above Mozart Concerto. Last June, at the same festival, Andre was chosen to perform the first movement of the Grieg Concerto in A minor with the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra.
After a very tough fall filled with many disappointments, Andre's capture of the MMTF prize is the latest in a number of very positive and exciting events. As you may remember, Deling Chen will perform as a finalist with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra in its Rising Stars Competition the same night as Andre's performance with the Kenwood, March 18th! Can anyone lend us a helicopter? We need to be in two places at once. This is a tough but honorable place we find ourselves in. Then, the very next day, Sunday, March 19th, we present our Spring Celebration Recitals! If this is not excitement enough, William Gannon has been invited that same week to audition in person at the fabled Curtis Institute of Music. Located in Philadelphia, it is considered to be among the greatest in the world.
More later . . .
Yours in Music -
Joe & Jo Anne