San Angelo Standard Times Editorial, 11.1.12
Written by: Courtney Mahaffey, SASS Executive Director
Initially a competition for young Texas artists, the Sorantin International Competition has greatly expanded to international interest, drawing competitors in from all over the world and consistently from the major conservatories and music schools. In the past, soloists of many types of instruments and even voice were invited to enter the competition, and the preliminary round as well as the semifinals and finals were conducted live in San Angelo. In more recent years, the focus has been narrowed to strings and piano, the total prize awards have increased to $10,000, and the preliminary round is now judged from DVDs submitted by the contestants. The public is still invited to hear the semifinal round free of charge. The finals are now a special part of the Symphony's regular subscription concert series and the overall winner receives the opportunity to perform during the regular season with the San Angelo Symphony.
The 2012-2013 Sorantin Competition will be held on Saturday, November 17th at the CJ Davidson Center on the Angelo State University campus. Semi finals begin at 8:30am and are free to the public. Our twelve semi finalists, ranging in age from eighteen to twenty four, come to San Angelo from various universities such as Northwestern University, Texas Christian University, University of Miami, University of Texas in Austin, Yale School of Music, Rice University, Columbus State University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of Kansas, as well as one contestant from a Texas High School. The Competition finals will follow at 7pm and will feature the four chosen finalists performing different musical selections. The panel of four judges will then chose one strings winner, one piano winner and the overall winner. The 2012-2013 Sorantin overall winner is invited to perform during the February Concert, From Russia with Love, with the San Angelo Symphony under the direction of Maestro Hector Guzman.
The Symphony encourages our community to come out and support these up and coming artists. This is an extraordinary opportunity to witness some of the finest young musicians from around the world perform live.
For more information on the Sorantin International Competition or ticketing details, please contact the Symphony Office, 325 658 5877, or visit our website, www.SanAngeloSymphony.org.
Tickets can be purchased at the Symphony office in the Cactus Hotel at 36 E. Twohig, Suite 201 or visiting our ticket outlets: Blair’s Western Ware, Elite Physique on Southwest Blvd., In Vino Veritas and Legend Jewelers. Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $10 for students, active military personnel and children.
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