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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 Native Julie Adams Wins Grand Prize At Metropolitan Opera Finals

Burbank native Julie Adams was awarded the top prize at Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Grand Finals Concert. Along with four other grand prize winners, she was chosen from more than 1500 initial applicants from throughout the United States and Canada.

The Grand Finals Concert on March 31 featured the top nine singers, all in their twenties. Each competitor sang two arias with the Met Opera Orchestra. Adams received huge applause from the packed house.

Soprano Julie Adams with her grandfather, Daniel Savant. (Photo Courtesy of the Adams Family)

Soprano Julie Adams at the Metropolitan Opera House with her grandfather, Daniel Savant, and 80 year resident of Burbank. (Photo Courtesy of the Adams Family)

Adams “impressed me as the most mature of the winners with her elegant account of an aria from Debussy’s lyric cantata L’ Enfant Prodigue and an affecting performance of Mimi’s ‘Donde lieta uscì’ from Puccini’s La Bohème,” said Anthony Tommasini in the New York Times. “Her voice is rich, full and slightly earthy in an expressive way.”

Julie Adams and mother Lisa. (Photo Courtesy of the Adams Family)

Julie Adams and mother Lisa. (Photo Courtesy of the Adams Family)

“Winning this competition was absolutely surreal. I am so honored and humbled to have had the experience that I did,” commented Adams. “[It] gave me great exposure to people in the opera world. Many agents, managers and opera companies were in the audience that day, and just to be able to sing for them was a dream come true.”

Growing up in a musical family in Burbank, she always loved to sing, Adams recalled. She started taking voice lessons in second grade.

“I sang in my second grade talent show, and have been singing ever since,” she added. “I was lucky to have gone to schools that have wonderful music programs.”

“Burbank is very lucky to have such wonderful music programs in their schools,” Adams also said. “I was really able to develop as an artist through my experiences in choir at John Muir and BHS.”

Julie Adams with her parents, Lisa and Mark Adams. (Photo Courtesy of the Adams Family)

Julie Adams with her parents at the Met. (Photo Courtesy of the Adams Family)

Adams participated in show choir at Muir Middle School and Burbank High School through tenth grade. In eleventh grade, Adams transferred to L.A. County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) for their musical theater and opera program.

Adams performed in her first opera at LACHSA and graduated in 2006. She then studied vocal performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for both undergraduate and graduate work. Adams graduated with her Masters of the Arts in vocal performance in May 2013.

The soprano has been studying with her teacher, Cesar Ulloa, for over six years. With his guidance, she chose four arias to prepare for the Met competition.

Adams credits regular daily practice for ensuring she was in peak form and comfortable with her performance selections.

“I am over the moon with excitement for my daughter,” commented Adams’ mother Lisa Adams. “As a mother, it is so rewarding to watch your child accomplish their dreams. I am beyond proud and thankful to all who have supported and brought her this far.”

Adams also recently won the 2014 Hennings-Fischer Competition held by the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra. She will perform with the orchestra at Forest Lawn’s Hall of Liberty in May 2015.

At the end of May, Adams heads to San Francisco to perform in the San Francisco Opera’s Merola program, from June to mid-August. She will sing the role of Blanche DuBois in Andre Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire.

Joan Rivers with Cesar Ulloa, Julie Adams' teacher, in the audience at the Metropolitan Opera. (Photo Courtesy of the Adams Family)

Joan Rivers with Cesar Ulloa, Julie Adams’ teacher, in the audience at the Metropolitan Opera. (Photo Courtesy of the Adams Family)

 

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 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).