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Jan. 31, 2014

BSC students, Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra to perform on campus Feb. 16

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The student winners of Birmingham-Southern College's annual Dorsey and Frances Whittington Music Competition will perform with the Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 3 p.m. in Bruno Great Hall of the Norton Center on campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

The orchestra, conducted by BSC's Hugh Thomas Professor of Music Dr. Lester Seigel, will present three short classics from the 19th and early 20th centuries: Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture was inspired by the composer's visit to Fingal's Cave off the Scottish coast. Richard Wagner's charming Siegfried Idyll, the dramatic composer's only work for small ensemble, was composed as a Christmas present to Cosima Wagner and in celebration of the birth of their son. The concert will close with Maurice Ravel's picturesque Bolero.

Three students will be soloists in the program. First-year baritone Nick DeCastro of Baton Rouge, La., will sing "Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja" from Die Zauberflöte; sophomore tubist Wesley Chambers of Atlanta will play the opening movement of the Concerto in E-Flat for Horn, both by Mozart; and soprano Elizabeth Drugan, a junior from Naples, Fla., will sing "Monica's Waltz" from The Medium by Gian-Carlo Menotti.

The 2013 Whittington Competition was held on campus Dec. 9. The judges were Timothy Banks, Professor Emeritus at Samford University; Suzanne Beaudry of the Alabama School of Fine Arts and the Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra; and Susan Williams, assistant professor of music at the University of Alabama.

The competition is named for Frances and Dorsey Whittington, lead instructors in the Birmingham Conservatory of Music, which later became BSC's Music Department

About Birmingham-Southern College:

Birmingham-Southern College is a four-year, private liberal arts institution in Birmingham, Ala., founded in 1856 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It enrolls about 1,200 students from more than 30 states and 16 foreign countries. Learn more online at www.bsc.edu.