CHAMPAIGN — The winners of the Young Baroque Artists Competition will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. April 21 at McKinley Presbyterian Church, 809 S. Fifth St., C.
The program will begin with the presentation of the first- and second-place winners and the three honorable mention performers.
The first-place winner, cellist Jordan Gunn, daughter of Nathan and Julie Gunn of Champaign, is a student of cellist Daniel McDonough of the Jupiter String Quartet, in-residence at the University of Illinois School of Music.
She plays in the East Central Illinois Youth and the Champaign Central High School orchestras. At the concert, she will play two selections from Johann Sebastian Bach's first Suite for Unaccompanied Cello.
The second-place winner, mezzo-soprano Natalie Dullerud, a student of Deborah Dobbs and Ingrid Kammin, is a freshman at University Laboratory High School in Urbana. She will sing three Italian art songs.
The three winning honorable mentions are pianists Vance Bollinger and Helene Kunz and cellist Chaepter Negro. Both pianists will perform preludes and fugues from the first volume of Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier." Negro, a native of Springfield, will perform a sonata composed for viola da gamba by the Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann in an arrangement for cello by Paul Bazelaire, a student of the cello virtuoso Pablo Casals.
The emphasis on young performers will continue after intermission when Robin Kearton of the Community Center for the Arts in Urbana will lead her Bow-Dacious String Band in selections that demonstrate the diversity of the musical experience they receive from her.
The Baroque Artists of Champaign Urbana started the annual Young Baroque Artists Competition eight years ago to encourage local high school students to perform baroque music.
Tickets to the concert featuring this year's winners are $20 for general admission and $10 for students. They may be purchased at the door or in advance at http://www.baroqueartists.org.
The next BACH concert will take place May 19 in Smith Memorial Hall at the UI. The group will perform George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Judas Maccabeus."
People interested in learning more about the historical background of the epic piece are invited to listen to a discussion of the work by Rabbi Norman Klein of the Sinai Temple and BACH conductor and founder Chet Alwes on "Keepin' the Faith" at 5 p.m. April 28 over WILL 580-AM radio and to attend a public forum at 7 p.m. April 30 at Sinai Temple, 3102 W. Windsor Road, C.