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February 18, 2010

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

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Three student winners of the 10th annual Whittington Competition at Birmingham-Southern College will perform with the Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra Feb. 28 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 2009 Whittington Competition winners in solo performances. Winners are Wei Dai, a junior music major from Xiamen, China; Hannah Ellington, a senior music performance major from Pelham; and Iris Reddick, a freshman music major from Memphis, Tenn.

Dai will perform the first movement of the First Piano Concerto by Ludwig van Beethoven. She studies piano with BSC Professor of Music and Artist in Residence Bill DeVan.

Ellington will sing arias by Sergei Rachmaninoff and from Mozart's “Don Giovanni.” She studies vocal performance with BSC Associate Professor of Music Jacqueline Leary-Warsaw.

Reddick, who studies cello with BSC adjunct faculty member Avi Friedlander, will play “Kol Nidrei” by Max Bruch.

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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