THE FINAL FORTE
2017 finalists (l-r): Julian Rhee, violin; Naomi Sutherland, harp; Michael Wu, piano; Yaoyao Chen, violin.
Wed., Mar. 29, 2017, 6:45 p.m.
Reservations open on Wed., Mar. 1, 2017.
Overture Hall in Overture Center for the Arts
Michael Wu, piano | Sun Prairie
School: Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School (Grade 9)
Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 22, Mvt. I (Saint-Saëns)
Yaoyao Chen, violin | Menasha
School: Xavier High School (Grade 12)
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, Mvt. I (Sibelius)
Julian Rhee, violin | Brookfield
School: Brookfield East High School (Grade 11)
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35, Mvt. I (Tchaikovsky)
Naomi Sutherland, harp | Viroqua
School: Interlochen Arts Academy (Grade 12)
Danse sacr ée et danse profane (Debussy)
The Final Forte finalists are selected from a group of young Wisconsin artists who competed in the Bolz Young Artist Competition’s two preliminary rounds. The event gives these four artists the chance to perform a movement from a concerto with the MSO.
The Final Forte is a free concert broadcast live on Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) and rebroadcast on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT). This competition has captured an enormous following and numerous honors, including an Emmy nomination, First Place in the “Special Interest” category from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association in 2007, and fifth most-watched program in the February 2007 Nielsen ratings. The 2008 WPT and WPR broadcasts reached more than 60,000 viewers and listeners in the Madison market alone and the 2009 broadcasts reached an estimated 200,000 statewide.
First Place: Robert Rockman, marimba
Second Place: Tabby Rhee, violin
Honorable Mention: Liam Mayo, piano
Honorable Mention: Audrianna Wu, piano
First Place: Julian Rhee, violin
Second Place: Vivian Wilhelms, piano
Honorable Mention: Maya Pierick, harp
Honorable Mention: Isabella Wu, piano
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