Music Director Dick Pittman writes:
It’s particularly exciting to be working with the winner of this year’s Young Artist Competition, Nathaniel Abreu, who’ll be performing the Kabalevsky Cello Concerto No. 1. Nathaniel is an extraordinary talent. He’s not only technically brilliant and virtuosic, but he plays with great emotional expression. He really feels what he plays and the astonishing maturity and imagination of his interpretation of the music is supported by a technique that projects every fascinating nuance of his expressiveness. His performance is compellingly fascinating. Read more ›
The orchestra holds auditions for the Ehlers Young Artist Concerto Competition in early November. Students from area high schools, middle schools, and even elementary schools prepare a concerto and audition for the chance to play their concerto with the orchestra.
This year, our winner is Nathaniel Abreu. Hi is 15 years old and plays cello. Nathaniel hails from Somerville and studies with Sam Ou. He will play his audition piece with the orchestra in January: Concerto No. 1 by Dmitry Kabalevsky.
Two more young musicians received Honorable Mention:
You can hear Nathaniel with the orchestra on January 27 and 28, 2017. Keep in touch to find out the full schedule of Young Artist events.
Here’s my plot synopsis:
Barbara Shinn-Cunningham, who has played oboe and English horn in the orchestra for many years, is also a professor of biomedical engineering. She studies how our brains make sense of sound. The Boston University website recently featured her work in an article on their Research website pages. You’ll also find a reporter’s view of our rehearsals.
Image from the Boston University article