Monday, October 3, 2022

Grand Prize Winners to Perform with Lewisville Lake Symphony

Lewisville Lake Symphony Music Director/ Conductor Adron Ming has announced the Grand Prize Winners of the Vernell Gregg Young Artists’ Competition.  The winners were chosen by a panel of professors from the University of North Texas College of Music.

The winners (pictured left to right), Aaron Kurz, piano; Dong-Yeon Kim, piano; and Russell Houston, cello, will be the guest artists with the all-professional Symphony at the February 19 “Stars of the Future” concert at 7:30 p.m. at Lakeland Baptist Church Lewisville. Lakeland Baptist Church is located near the I-35 E and Main Street exit. The church is a short distance along the southbound service road.

The concert opens with the cheerful overture to Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance.”  Aaron Kurz, 14, will play the first movement of Prokofiev’s technically difficult Piano Concerto No3.  Russell Houston, 16, will play the first movement of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto, familiar to many of the audience, and thus leaving no room for error.  Dong-Yeon Kim,15, came to Texas two years ago from South Korea and will play Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1.  Liszt who, in his day, was known as much as a pianist as a composer created the Concerto as a dramatic showcase for his own performing talents.

Judi Johnson, organizer of the Competition, said that a number of contestants had been eliminated in the first round, which requires submissions on CDs.  However, those who made it to the live audition stage brought so much talent that the UNT judges had to deliberate for a long time to select the Grand Prize Winners and the other winners in the junior and senior divisions.

The concert is co-sponsored by the Liberty Mutual Group.  Tickets are:  Adults $25, Seniors (60+) $20, and Students $10.  The Symphony offers a special family rate of $60 no matter how large the family. There are more details, including driving directions, on the Symphony’s website at

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