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February 3, 2009

Award-winning Birmingham-Southern students to perform with local orchestra

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Five student winners of the ninth annual Whittington Competition at Birmingham-Southern College will perform with the Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra Feb. 15 in the college's Hill Recital Hall at 3 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

The orchestra will accompany each of the 2008 Whittington Competition winners in solo performances. Winners are vocalists Hannah Ellington, a junior voice performance major from Pelham; Christina McCauley, a junior voice performance major from Marietta, Ga.; and Jessica Tyner Rushing, a senior music major from Mobile. Winner Anna Underwood, a senior music major from Homewood, will be featured on piano in the first movement of Mozart's Piano Concerto in D Minor, and Josh Crowe, a sophomore composition major from Long Beach, Miss., will present the finale on the Concertino for Xylophone and Orchestra by Toshior Mayuzumi.

The Whittington Competition is named for Frances and Dorsey Whittington, who were leaders of The Birmingham Conservatory of Music which later became the Music Department at Birmingham-Southern.

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