With their stunning performance at the Finals Concert, Project Fusion saxophone quartet from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY) claimed the Grand Prize at the 2013 Plowman Chamber Music Competition yesterday at the Missouri Theatre in Columbia.
Our audience agreed with the result: Project Fusion had more than twice as many votes than other groups combined together.
The other prize winners were:
$5000 Dr. David & Nancy Bedan Grand Prize - Project Fusion (saxophone quartet)
$2000 Odyssey Chamber Music Series in the memory of Dr. Harry Berrier First Prize in Piano & Strings - Altius Quartet (string quartet)
$2000 Georgia Morehouse in the memory of Dr. Larry Morehouse First Prize in Winds, Brass & Percussion - Kenari Quartet (saxophone quartet)
$500 Dr. Edward and Judith Chmielewski Honorable Mention - Orava String Quartet
$500 Anonymous Donor in Honor of Odyssey Musicians - Nautilus Brass Quintet
Hugo Vianello Audience Prize - Project Fusion (saxophone quartet)
Judges Special Recognition - Trio Artica (pn trio), The Fawn Trio (pn-fl-cl), Khrysos Saxophone Quartet
...It is with great sadness to learn the passing of Dr. Harry Berrier tonight. He and his wife Lina have been prominent supporter of music in Columbia, particularly Missouri Symphony Society and Plowman, for which they have donated one of the top awards for 5 years. If you would like express your condolence and thank Lina for all that they did for Plowman and in Columbia, please write via First Baptist Church at 1112 E Broadway, Columbia MO 65201.
Rest in peace, Harry. ...The Berriers were members of First Baptist Church, as well as big supporters of music in Columbia. They have come to a number of Odyssey concerts, but perhaps the most memorable one for me is the one we gave some years ago, a children's concert on a Sunday afternoon - and we performed Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals. After the performance, he and Lina came up towards the stage to congratulate us - and somehow, it forever stuck in my mind his cowboy hat and matching belt buckle. And they were both so friendly!
He will be greatly missed by everyone in this community and beyond. But his feisty, infectious energy and generosity will forever be remembered!
The two recent snow storms in Columbia actually brought me some unplanned, extra time to reflect peacefully and work effectively.
Last Saturday, my family and I attended our dear friend Fran Rikli's memorial service. Fran was a special friend: She always wanted to see how I was doing, to ask if I was happy and how my Japanese was keeping up, and even to extend her friendship to my mother visiting from Japan for the past four years. Last conversation I had with Fran was at Lenoir Woods when Peter and I gave a four-hand concert in December. I will forever be grateful for welcoming strangers like us into her community with open arms, and making us feel right at home. It really is phenomenal people like her that we love the most about Columbia. I will miss playing for her, but will always remember her beautiful smile from the stage.
One of my (and probably everyone's) musical heroes, Van Cliburn passed away yesterday. Words cannot summarize his enormous influence to the pianists of many, many generations that follow. So instead, I invite you to a concert he gave in 1958 at the Carnegie Hall, shortly after he won the Tchaikovsky Competition [CLICK HERE].
Speaking of competitions, preliminary judges and I have finished listening to the Plowman Preliminary DVD/CDs. I will be posting the result (ensemble types only) on Plowman web site shortly; be sure to check its BLOG page!
SAVE THE DATE - April 7, Sunday 6-8pm after the Plowman Competition Finals Concert. More details are forthcoming... Keep checking our web page, "FUNDRAISER" for updates beginning this Friday, February 22.
THANK YOU of
Did you know? This past weekend, MU grad Lindsey Lang - who also took part in Paul Crabb's Bach Collegium Choir at Odyssey many moons ago - won GRAMMY in The Best Choral Performance category for her work in "Life & Breath - Choral Works by Rene Clausen!!" VERY exciting! You can purchase their CDs or MP3's BY CLICKING HERE.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Odyssey has cancelled "Champagne, Chocolates & Chamber Music" scheduled for February 10, 2013.
Odyssey appreciates your support VERY much!!! Please do stay tuned for upcoming events, including a celebration of 2013 Plowman Chamber Music Competition & Festival. It promises to be a phenomenal 5-day event; if you cannot catch all, that's OK because every one of those nights will bring something special.
Speaking of the event, Plowman Volunteer Coordinator(s) will be soliciting volunteers for the events very soon. Every competition we have asked about 40-50 volunteers to help, and I know this year we hope to recruit about the same number of helpers, including those who can donate food for receptions. More details are forthcoming, and I look forward to working with every one of you this spring!
Again, thank you so much for your continuing support. Odyssey or Plowman would not have been possible without your warmth and encouragement.
What an EXCITING way to spend a Sunday night - 3 hour Baroque rehearsal at FBC. With so many musicians on stage, it is going to be a challenge to accommodate 30 more singers, but one thing is for sure: You will be BLOWN AWAY by the quality of this performance this Friday night. I can hardly wait...