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Concerto-aria winners to join Appalachian Symphony Orchestra for second performance

BOONE—Winners of last fall’s concerto-aria competition in the Hayes School of Music will reprise an earlier performance with the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra for a concert Feb. 28 held as part of the Western Regional Honors Orchestra clinic held on campus. Dr. Chung Park is the director.

View larger imagePianist Paul Cranfill will perform Feb. 28 with the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra. Cranfill is one of three students who won the Hayes School of Music’s Concerto-Aria Competition. (Photo submitted)

The concert begins at 8 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on campus. Admission is free.

The soloists are Paul Cranfill, piano; Christopher Plaas, tenor; and Alice Silva, violin.

Silva opens the program with the first movement from Mendelssohn’s “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra.” A graduate assistant in the Hayes String Ensemble at Appalachian, Silva is pursuing a Master of Music degree in violin performance. Her recent performances include concerts with the Union Symphony Orchestra, Central Piedmont Community College Opera Orchestra, Johnson City Symphony, and as concertmaster of the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra.

She began her studies in her hometown of Fortaleza, Brazil, and later continued studies at Nicholls State University in Louisiana and UNC-Charlotte, where she completed her bachelor’s degree in performance in 2011.

Plaas will perform Mozart’s “Frisch zum Kampfe” from “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” and “Je crois entendre encore” from Les pêcheurs de perles by Bizet. Plaas is a second-year graduate student studying vocal performance at Appalachian. He earned a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance at East Tennessee State University.

Plaas has been featured in several operas during his studies, including the role of Vasek from “The Bartered Bride” and the sailor from “Dido and Aeneas.” He traveled to Salzburg, Austria, where he performed the roles of Bastien from “Bastien und Bastienne,” Dr. Engle from “Der Schauspieldriektor” and Don Ottavio from “Don Giovanni.”

Cranfill will perform Liszt’s “Totentanz for Piano and Orchestra, S. 126.” A third-year student at Appalachian, Cranfill studies piano performance and choral music education. He is the first recipient of the Francis Walker Roberts Endowed Music Scholarship. Cranfill also is the pianist at Cove Creek Baptist in Sugar Grove, directs music with Lost in Sound, an on-campus a capella singing group, and is active in the American Choral Director’s Association. He also maintains a small studio of piano students through the Hayes School of Music’s Community Music School.

The orchestra will perform Mozart’s “Symphony No. 41 in C Major K. 551.”