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2017 Final Forte Young Performer Competition Airs Live This Week

Four Finalists Will Compete At 7PM Wednesday

2017 Final Forte finalists
Photo courtesy of The Madison Symphony Orchestra

Join WPR’s NPR News and Classical Music Network at 7 p.m. Wednesday for a live broadcast of the 2017 Final Forte competition hosted by WPR’s Lori Skelton and Jim Fleming.

Four finalists were selected from a group of young Wisconsin artists who competed in the Bolz Young Artist Competition during the past year.

The Final Forte gives each of artists the opportunity to perform a selection with the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Tune in to enjoy some great music and to see who this year’s winner will be.

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The artists include:

  • Yaoyao Chen, a senior at Xavier High School in Appleton who will perform music from the Violin Concerto by Sibelius.
  • Michael Wu, a ninth grader at Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School in Sun Prairie who will perform an excerpt from the Piano Concerto No. 2 by Saint-Saens
  • Naomi Sutherland, a 17-year-old harpist from Viroqua who will play Debussy’s “Danse sacrée et danse profane.”
  • Julian Rhee, a junior at Brookfield East High School who will perform music from Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.

To learn more about the performers, visit the Madison Symphony Orchestra website.

In addition to the live broadcast, WPR will rebroadcast the Final Forte competition at noon Sunday.