MostArts Festival continues at Alfred UniversityAlfred University | 7/12/18
One of the marquis events of the annual MostArts Festival at Alfred University, the Young Pianist Competition, began Wednesday and continues Thursday and Friday (July 12 and 13), with the winner to be announced Saturday evening at the festival’s closing Gala Concert.
ALFRED, NY – One of the marquis events of the annual MostArts Festival at Alfred University, the Young Pianist Competition, began Wednesday and continues Thursday and Friday (July 12 and 13), with the winner to be announced Saturday evening at the festival’s closing Gala Concert.
The eight finalists in the Young Pianist Competition, all ages 13-18, are vying or a Grand Prize of $10,000 cash, donated in memory of late Alfred University Business Professor Robert Hutter. The winner will be invited back in 2019 to perform with the MostArts Festival Orchestra at the opening concert.
The competitors gave solo performances on Wednesday, July 11, in the Miller Theater, and over the course of the next two evenings (four Thursday and four Friday; 7:30 p.m. each evening) they will give their final performances in Miller Theater. The final performances – with the MostArts Festival Orchestra, under the direction of Steven Thomas –will feature the 2nd and 3rd movements of a Mozart Concerto.
The Gala Concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14, in Miller Theater and will feature the MostArts Festival Orchestra, conducted by Yuval Zaliouk and Lisa Lantz, founder and artistic director for the MostArts Festival. The concert will also feature Grammy Award winner Angelin Chang.
Tickets to the final performances of the Young Pianist Competition and the Gala Concert are available online at MostArts website or by calling the Ticket Office at 607-871-2828.
Other upcoming events in the Fifth Annual MostArts Festival include “Sound Bites Samplers” at noon on Thursday and Friday. The free events are held in Harder Hall.
Another popular feature of the festival is the “Raku Extravaganza,” featuring Wayne Higby, renowned ceramic artist and director of the Alfred Ceramic Museum. Higby is a world-renowned master of American Raku and is responsible for many innovative contributions to its history.
“Raku” is a term originally derived from the history of the Japanese tea bowl. “American Raku” was invented in the mid-20th century and features a post firing manipulation of surface effects. “Raku Extravaganza” will be held on the Alfred University campus at the Hair Pin Turn above Miller Theater weather permitting. Visitors who join Higby for “Raku Extravaganza” may select a ceramic object, then set free their own inner artistry to glaze the piece and then watch it transform through the Raku firing process.
For more information on the Festival, including a complete schedule of events, please visit the MostArts website.