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Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra Announces 2015 Hennings-Fischer Winner

The Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra announced Annie Jacobs-Perkins as the grand prize winner of the 2015 Hennings-Fischer Young Artists Competition held on Saturday, February 21.  Jacobs-Perkins is a freshman trustee scholar studying cello performance at USC’s Thornton School of Music.

Photo (left to right with Maestro Steven Kerstein): Sergio Coelho (Clarinet), Annie Jacobs-Perkins (Cello), Mina Hong (Violin), Matthew Cohen (Viola), Micah Wright (Clarinet.) (Photo Courtesy Burbank Philharmonic)

Photo (left to right with Maestro Steven Kerstein, center): Sergio Coelho (Clarinet), Annie Jacobs-Perkins (Cello), Mina Hong (Violin), Matthew Cohen (Viola), Micah Wright (Clarinet.) (Photo Courtesy Burbank Philharmonic)

“The evening was also highlighted by wonderful performances by the other finalists,” commented a representative for the Burbank Philharmonic.

The annual Hennings-Fischer Young Artists Competition is hosted every February by the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra at Forest Lawn’s Hall of Liberty. Grand prize winners of the instrumental and opera categories receive an honorarium and also the opportunity to perform with the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra.

Annie Jacobs-Perkins, freshman trustee student at USC Thornton School of Music, won the 2015 Hennings-Fischer Young Artist Competition with a cello concerto. (Photo Courtesy Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra)

Annie Jacobs-Perkins, freshman trustee student at USC Thornton School of Music, won the 2015 Hennings-Fischer Young Artist Competition with a cello concerto. (Photo Courtesy Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra)

The competition is open to all opera singers and orchestral instrumentalists excepting pianists  age 30 and under as of February 15, 2015. Strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion competitors perform a complete concerto from the standard repertoire. Singers perform three contrasting arias from the standard operatic repertoire.

Burbank native Julie Adams shared the 2014 Hennings-Fischer grand prize with  violinist Heidi Hatch. Adams went on to win the grand prize at the 2014 Metropolitan Opera Finals in New York City last year.

The Hennings-Fischer Foundation is a nonprofit corporation located in Santa Monica, California. This organization benefits philanthropy, voluntarism and grant-making foundations. The foundation is particularly known for regular support of area musical organizations and competitions, including the Music Teachers of California’s annual VOCE (Voice, Orchestral instruments, Chamber Ensemble) competition.

The Hennings-Fischer Young Artists Competition marked its fourteenth year with the 2015 event. The competition typically draws serious young musicians college age and older.

The next Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra Symphonic Favorites concert is Saturday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Forest Lawn’s Hall of Liberty. The concert is free to the public with ample parking.

Burbank Philharmonic Offers Free Concert For Community

The Burbank Philharmonic presents Symphonic Favorites, their spring concert featuring two winners of the orchestra’s Hennings-Fischer Young Artists Competition, violist Elizabeth Beilman and clarinetist Joseph Morris, on Saturday, May 10.

The free concert program includes Bartok’s Viola Concerto, Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra, Rossini’s Introduction, Theme and Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra, Smetana’s The Moldau and Capriccio Espagnol by Rimsky-Korsakov.

Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra. (Courtesy of Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra)

Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra. (Courtesy of Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra)

“From the beginning, our mission has been to make great works of music accessible to everyone, which is why we have never charged for admission,” commented Music Director and conductor Steven Kerstein, who founded the Burbank Philharmonic in 1991.

(Photo Courtesy of Joe Morris)

(Photo Courtesy of Joe Morris)

“But we are equally committed to helping not only those members of our community who love to attend concerts but those who make them happen,” Kerstein continued. “The Hennings-Fischer Young Artists Competition is one very important way we achieve this goal.”

“It was thrilling to win but completely unexpected,” commented Morris. “The first winner Steve [Kerstein] announced was Elizabeth Beilman – who was my girlfriend then and is now my fiancée. I was ecstatic that she won.”

“At that point, of course, I had also completely resigned myself to not winning the competition,” Morris continued. “But then, Steve explained that the jury had decided to choose two instrumental winners that year.”

Beilman will wear a gown decorated with Swarovski crystals and designed especially for this concert by college student Angie Ortiz, as part of the “Fashion Meets the Phil” project through Woodbury University’s Department of Design.

Steven Kerstein conducts. (Photo Courtesy of Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra)

Steven Kerstein conducts. (Photo Courtesy of Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra)

“We are performing the Smetana Moldau in tribute to the late Dr. Milo Pelc, who was one of the founding members of the board of the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra,” said Kerstein. “He was also a very notable conductor in the Czech Republic and was one of the top conductors in Hollywood for many years. We will miss him greatly.”

Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol showcases “the many talented solo principals of the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra,” added Kerstein.

The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday with an instrumental petting zoo outside Forest Lawn’s Hall of Liberty. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Print out courtesy admission tickets here. For more information on the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra, visit their website.

Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra announces the Twelfth Annual Young Artists Competition

2012 Hennings-Fischer Winners Juhye Kim, Soprano (l) and Christopher Bartz (r), Soprano Saxophone, with Music Director Steven Kerstein

The Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra in conjunction with the Hennings-Fischer Foundation announces the Twelfth Annual Young Artists Competition to be held at the Hall of Liberty in Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills this coming February.  The Finals for the Competition will begin at 7:00PM on February 23, 2013 at the Hall of Liberty, Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive.  Admission and parking are FREE

Preliminary auditions will be conducted on February 20-21, 2013 in Burbank.

The application form can be downloaded here, by calling the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra at (818) 771-7888 or by e-mail to information@burbankphilharmonic.com. Applications must be received or postmarked by Monday, February 11, 2013 and accompanied by the $35.00 non-refundable application fee.  Applicants will be advised by mail or email of the date and time of the preliminary audition (February 20 or 21).

Burbank Philharmonic and Hennings-Fischer Foundation AnnouncesYoung Artists Competition

The Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra in conjunction with the Hennings-Fischer Foundation announces the Twelfth Annual Young Artists Competition to be held at the Hall of Liberty in Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills this coming February.  The Finals for the Competition will begin at 7 p.m on February 23, 2013 at the Hall of Liberty, Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive.  Admission and parking are FREE.

2012 Hennings-Fischer Winners Juhye Kim, Soprano (l) and Christopher Bartz (r), Soprano Saxophone, with Music Director Steven Kerstein.

Preliminary auditions will be conducted on February 20-21, 2013 in Burbank.

The application form can be downloaded here, by calling the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra at(818) 771-7888 or by e-mail to information@burbankphilharmonic.com. Applications must be received or postmarked by Monday, February 11, 2013 and be accompanied by the $35.00 non-refundable application fee.  Applicants will be advised by mail or email of the date and time of the preliminary audition (February 20 or 21).