FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:CONTACT: George HazimanolisApril 2, 2013 firstname.lastname@example.orgMaria Pisano412email@example.com FINALISTS CHOSEN BY WQED-FM 89.3 FORMUSICAL KIDS CLASSICAL MUSIC COMPETITIONPublic invited to vote online at wqed.org/musicalkids.org April 5 – 26, 2013PITTSBURGH—Classical WQED-FM 89.3 has chosen finalists for its Musical Kids classicalmusic competition for middle school students in grades six to eight. Over 60 entries werereceived from young musicians around the region who play the French horn, piano, violin, cello,and clarinet or sing. Finalists include: Joey Comella, violin Fiona Stauffer, piano Alex Guo, piano Adrian Romoff, piano Suvir Merchandani, piano Lily Wang, piano Devin Lai, violin Nathan Pallotta, piano William Wang, violin
Jonah Berger, piano Elizabeth Guo, piano Amanda Lu, piano Thomas Kim, cello Rebecca Chen, piano Ariana Finkelstein, vocalistThe public is invited to cast their online vote for their favorite finalist from April 5 through 26 atwww.wqed.org/musicalkids.Finalists will be featured on WQED-TV’s Pittsburgh 360º Thursday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.to giveviewers a chance to see and hear more from these talented young musicians. One of six winnerswill be chosen by the public through the online voting portal. The remaining five winners will beselected by the Musical Kids judges comprised of local classical music experts including:Patricia NeeperPresident Steinway Piano Gallery, PittsburghChad TwedtPianist & TeacherDr. Mary Lynne BennettAdjunct Professor of Piano, Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of MusicMikhail IstominCellist, Pittsburgh Symphony OrchestraChristopher WuNancy & Jeffrey Leininger First Violin Chair, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra & ArtistLecturer in Violin, Carnegie Mellon UniversityAndrew FoutsBaroque Violinist, Chatham BaroqueWinners will be announced Monday, April 29 on Classical WQED-FM 89.3 by Anna Singer atnoon and recognized publicly at “Classical WQED-FM 89.3 Night” following the PittsburghSymphony Orchestra’s performance at Heinz Hall on Friday, May 10. A special program hostedby Jim Cunningham with winner interviews and recorded performances will air on Performancein Pittsburgh Friday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. on Classical WQED-FM 89.3. In addition,presentations will be held at each winner’s school where prizes including a plaque will beawarded.Funding for Musical Kids is made possible by a grant from the Snee-Reinhardt CharitableFoundation.
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