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Concerto Competition Winners Featured at Upcoming Orchestra Concert

Posted Jan. 12, 2012

Liza GrossmanThe Kent State University Hugh A. Glauser School of Music's Orchestra will continue its season with concert three - "Rock and Peace" - led by Orchestra Director Liza Grossman at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12, University Auditorium in Cartwright Hall.

The performances will include an eclectic program of classical and contemporary music. Guests can expect to hear:

"Sizzle" by Cleveland composer Margaret Brouwer

"Dragon and Phoenix Overture" by Grammy award-winning Tan Dun

"Kashmir" by Led Zeppelin

In addition, guests will hear the undergraduate and graduate winners of the 2011 Concerto Competition, which took place in the School of Music in December. Winner Lindsey Sandham Leonard and Alexandre Marr will perform their selected pieces with the orchestra.

Lindsey Sandham Leonard, a graduate student in the area of voice will perform "Ach ich fuhl's"  from Mozart's Magic Flute. Sandham Leonard, an Ohio native, has performed in the opera program for the School and studies with Marla Berg. She graduated from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music where she was the soprano II soloist for the Buxtehude cantata at the renowned 2010 Bach Festival.

"My major has an emphasis in opera, so this is a great opportunity to sing with an orchestra. I'm looking forward to working with Liza Grossman and the Kent State Orchestra," said Sandham Leonard. "It adds to my experience and credibility as a classical performer and voice instructor."

Alexandre Marr, a sophomore fashion merchandising major and piano minor, will perform Rachmaninoff Piano concerto no. 2 in c minor. Marr, also an Ohio native, has been playing piano since he was 11 years old and studies the instrument with Kent State Artist-in-Residence Donna Lee. Marr is a transfer from Case Western Reserve University where he competed in the Symphony Concerto Competition and won last year. He also competed in the Solon Young Artists Concerto Competition 2011 and received 3rd place.

"I have always dreamed of performing this concerto with an orchestra, and I am delighted that I finally have the opportunity to do so," said Marr.

Tickets will be available at the door. Adults and seniors are $10 and students are $5 with a valid college ID. Cash or check only. For more information please call the School of Music at 330-672-2172.


For more information contact:

Effie A. Tsengas,, 330-672-8398