Van Cliburn Winner Performs at Millersville University

Reflections from the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Written by Dr. Anita Boyle Renfroe, director of Keyboard Studies

The greatest young performers of our time compete every fourth year for one of the most treasured honors in the musical world—to win the Van Cliburn. Sitting in Ft. Worth’s beautiful Bass Hall, on June 7, there was a tingle running through the audience for we all expected to hear excellence at work. We were not disappointed. After the Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko’s breathtaking performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, shouts of joy, bravos and whistles, and ecstatic ovations echoed repeatedly calling the brilliant pianist back to the spotlight. We were on our feet shouting to honor both this soon-to-be 2013 Van Cliburn winner and the Ft. Worth Symphony under the masterful direction of Leonard Slatkin.

Although Kholodenko garnered the top prize, he had fierce competition from two other pianists. The Silver Medalist, Beatrice Rana, an Italian prodigy, excelled in all aspects of the repertoire. Following the awards ceremony she said, “I know that I’m below a great pianist [Kholodenko], and when you know someone is a great pianist you cannot be disappointed [with second place.]” Her performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 was riveting with relentless, powerful octaves and bravura passagework.

Sean Chen, the Bronze Medal winner, garnered one of the most enthusiastic ovations in the 17 days of performances following his rendering of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The performance was at times, subtle, bold when needed, sensitive and charismatic, leaving the audience breathless and enthralled. Incidentally, Mr. Chen is a pupil of Hung-Kuan Chen, one of the Lancaster International Piano Festival Artists for 2012.

Attending the final round of the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition was electrifying, energizing, and inspirational. It was my honor to represent Millersville University at this prestigious event. In addition to afternoon and evening programs of concerti, we enjoyed receptions with the finalists, dinners with the host families, and big-hearted Texas hospitality at every event.

Millersville’s music department on behalf of the Ware and Winter Centers for Visual and Performing Arts is proudly looking forward to hosting Beatrice Rana during October. The Melva S. McIlwaine concert will be October 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Winter Center’s Biemesderfer Concert Hall. Tickets are $23 for adults, $20 for seniors and $5 for MU students. All reserved seating. The Master-Class, also sponsored by the Melva S. McIlwaine Fund will be held on October 23 at 3 p.m. in the Biemesderfer Concert Hall. Admission is free.

 

Upcoming Events

  • September 8 at 2:30 p.m.: The Faculty Recital for James Armstrong, percussion, in the Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This event is $10 for general admission and free for students with Millersville ID.
  • September 21 at 4:30 p.m.: The Senior Recital for Chris Koehler, guitar, in the Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
  • September 21 at 07:30 p.m.: The Junior Recital for Chad Wynn, vocals, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This performance is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
  • September 22 at 02:30 p.m.: The Faculty Recital for Dr. Anita Boyle Renfroe, Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This performance is open to the public. Tickets cost $10 for general admission; MU students are free with ID.
  • September 23 at 3:00 p.m.: The Daniel Roumain Master Class in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center. This event is free and open to the public.
  • September 28, at 7:30 p.m.: The Senior Recital for Nathanael Dazinger, piano, Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This performance is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
  • October 5 at 4:30 p.m.: The Junior Recital for Emma Noble and Andrea Kurnat, cello, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This performance is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
  • October 5 at 7:30 p.m.: The Junior Recital for Sarah Newswanger, piano, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This performance is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
  • October 6 at 02:30 p.m.: The Millersville University Wind Ensemble in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This event is $10 for general admission and free for students with Millersville ID.
  • October 18 2013 at 7:30 p.m.: Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This performance is open to the public. Tickets cost $10 for general admission, MU students are free with ID.
  • October 19 at 4:30 p.m.: The Senior Recital for Chelsea Snow, vocals, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center, Millersville University. This event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
  • October 19 at 7:30 p.m.: The Senior Recital for Elina Sergeyev, piano, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
  • October 31 at 9:00 a.m.: Music Business and Technology Open House, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This event is free and open to the public.
  • November 2 at 7:30 p.m.: The Junior Recital for Sharon Ho, piano in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
  • November 3 at 2:00 p.m.: The Senior Recital for David Mengel, trumpet, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
  • November 3 at 4:30 p.m.: The Senior Recital for Jennifer Kelman, vocals, in Biemesderfer Concert The Winter Center, Millersville University. This event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
  • November 15 at 7:30 p.m.: To the Colors with The Millersville University Orchestra, Concert Band, and Wind Ensemble, in Clair Performance Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This performance is open to the public. This event is $10 for general admission and free for students with Millersville ID.
  • November 16 at 7:30 p.m. : Faculty Recital for Jose' Garcia and Kristin Sims in Steinman Hall at The Ware Center , Millersville University Lancaster. This event is $10 for general admission and free for students with Millersville ID.
  • November 20 at 7:30 p.m.: The Fall Percussion Extravaganza, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This event is $10 for general admission and free for students with Millersville ID.
  • November 23 at 7:30 p.m.: Choral Ensembles Concert in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This event is $10 for general admission and free for students with Millersville ID.
  • Note: To obtain tickets (whether it’s a paid event or free), you can stop by the ticket office in the Student Memorial Center at, 21 S. George St. (Room 103), the ticket office at The Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., you can call 717-872-3811, or reserve them online at www.muticketsonline.com. The ticket offices are open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Winter Center and The Ware Center ticket offices will be open one hour prior to show time.

 

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