Last weekend, the GGFSO with its guest conductor, Philip Mann, showcased the extraordinary talents of two young artists. Shu-Min Chang played the Concerto for Piano No.2 in A major by Franz Liszt. Chang, who also goes by the name Alice, is an international student from Taiwan. She started piano at age four and has also studied the violin and oboe. She is a freshman at Concordia College in Moorhead and studies with Dr. Jay Herschberger. Remember her name for she is destined for a successful career in her chosen major, Piano Performance.
Violin Soloist, Bethany Moss, just this past February participated in a Master Class with Midori and she is only 13 years old. This is another music student who started her studies at four and currently studies with Dr. Benjamin Sung at MSU Moorhead. She played Khachaturian’s "Concerto for Violin" Allegro con Fermeza. She is also concert master of the Fargo-Moorhead Junior Youth Symphony which is under the direction of Brian Cole.
The concert overall was solid and both young players enjoyed SRO’s and were called back on stage at the conclusion of the concert by the conductor. BSO’s own Andrew Martin is concertmaster and there were a few other BSO players there as well–I noticed Dean Johnson on Clarinet. The symphony and audience left the auditorium in good spirts.
On the way out, someone approached me and announced that she saw my picture on the home page of the Grand Forks Herald on Sunday. I told her she was probably mistaken but she quoted parts of the arts column to me. It’s nice to know that the Herald is promoting our arts activities. It would be very nice to see that Bemidji audiences return the favor. There is one more concert left on May 1 and 2. For more information, look at their website www.ggfso.org. The guest conductor will be Michelle Mourre and the program will include "Blue Cathedral" by Jennifer Higdon, Shostakovich Cello concerto No.1 with Yuri Hooker on cello and Brahms "Symphony No. 4 in E minor.