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Plan to attend Jordania International Conducting Competition

The U.S. debut of the 2006 Jordania International Conducting Competition is being presented at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, creating an opportunity to hear free performances conducted by 24 promising musicians.

In its sixth year, the competition will feature conductors from 14 different countries. Performances will be held at the Roland Hayes Concert Hall at UTC, from Sunday, August 27 through Thursday, August 31. Finals will be held Friday, September 1 at the Tivoli Theater.

“The real winners in this competition will be those who love classical music performances,” said Chancellor Roger Brown. “The University is proud to host this talented group.”

This event is held to honor the memory of Vakhtang Jordania, a conductor from the old Soviet Union who defected to America. He made his first home in Chattanooga,Tennessee. The competition was moved from its venue of five years in Eastern Europe to Chattanooga as fulfillment of Jordania’s lifelong dream to bring the Competition to America and his beloved Chattanooga."

"The Vakhtang Jordania International Music Competition is the first international music competition ever to be held in Tennessee,” said Joan McNeill-Murray of Chattanooga is the President of Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition and an international consultant on volunteerism within the arts industry. "It is so fitting that the competition was moved from its venue of five years to Eastern Europe to Chattanooga, because it fulfills Maestro Jordania's lifelong dream to bring the competition to America and his beloved Chattanooga.

This year’s competitors are: Ivan Arboleya-Montes, Oscar Bustillo, Ruben Capriles, Robert Franz, James Feddeck, Christian Horbov-Meyer, Lilyan Kaiv, Dong-Hyun Kim, Paul Kim, Boguslaw Kobierski, Andrew Koehler, Douglas Kovanda, Maksim Kuzin, Sasha Makila, Yiorgos Moutsaiaras, Yukihiro Notsu, Alfredo Sorichetti, Larry Strachan, Viswa Subbaraman, John Traill, Matthew Thomas Troy, Tyler Goodrich White, Max Xin Yu.

Agenda:

Round 1 - August 27, 1:30-4 p.m., 6-8:30 p.m. and August 28, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 2:30-5 p.m. at Roland Hayes Concert Hall - The 24 contestants, on each of two successive days, will have 20 minutes to rehearse and present two selections and the Wagner. Upon their arrival for their performance, participants will be informed which section the jury wants to hear from each piece they select:

Schubert - Symphony No. 5, D. 485
or
Haydn - Symphony No. 87 in G Major
and
Wagner - Siegfried Idyll

Please note that this round is with the chamber orchestra. Twelve contestants will be selected to move to next round.

Round 2 - August 29, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 2:30-5 p.m. and August 30, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Roland Hayes Concert Hall - The 12 contestants, on each of two successive days, will have 30 minutes to rehearse and present three selections, one from each pair of required pieces as well as the Stravinsky. Upon their arrival for their performance, participants will be informed which section the jury wants to hear from each piece they select:

Rossini - Overture to Barber of Seville (Kalmus Edition)
or
Rossini - Overture to La Cenerentola
and
Mozart - Symphony No. 39, K. 543
or
Beethoven - Symphony No. 4
and
Stravinsky - Concerto in D or Apollon Musagete

6 contestants will be selected to move on to the next round.

Round 3 - August 31, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 2:30-5 p.m. at the Tivoli Theater - The 6 contestants will be allowed 40 minutes to prepare and present one of a pair of required works, the Stravinsky and the contemporary composition selection:

Kodaly - Dances of Galanta
or
R. Strauss - Don Juan, Op. 20
and
Stravinsky - Firebird Suite (1919 version)
and
Contemporary composition - Diagramma II, three symphonic sketches by UTC professor, Dr. Mario Abril. Scores will be provided and will be given to contestants the night before their jury performance. Three contestants will be selected to move on to the final round

Round 4 - September 1, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 7 p.m. - Final Concert Round at the Tivoli Theater - The 3 finalists will rehearse and conduct the Jordania Competition Orchestra and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Orchestra in concert at the Tivoli Theater. This rehearsal is part of the competition. The jury will decide which pieces each contestant will rehearse and perform at the final concert that evening. The selection will be made from the pieces each contestant has already presented. Prizes will be announced at the closing night concert.

The Jordania International Conducting Competition will be offer the Jordania Grand Prize of $7, 500 to the winning conductor; the William L. Montague Jr. Second Place Winner will receive $5,000; and the Third Place winner will be awarded $2,500.

August 28, 2006

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