Stephen Hawkey, left, and Yu-Jung Jeon will perform with the Clemson University Symphony Orchestra.

Stephen Hawkey, left, and Yu-Jung Jeon will perform with the Clemson University Symphony Orchestra.
Clemson University

CLEMSON — The Clemson University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Levin, will perform its first concert of the season at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.

The evening will feature two winners of the orchestra’s Young Artist Concerto/Aria Competition. The competition, held earlier this semester, affords local young instrumentalists and singers the opportunity to perform as soloists with the orchestra. Of the eight students who competed, a cellist and a pianist were chosen as the winners.

The first-place winner, cellist Stephen Hawkey, is a senior from Greenville who will play a movement from Cello Concerto in B minor by Antonin Dvorak. Hawkey is home-schooled and plays in the Greenville County Youth Orchestra. Two years ago, he performed with the youth orchestra as a pianist; this year, he performed as a cellist.

The second-place winner is pianist Yu-Jung Jeon, a high school sophomore from South Korea who moved to the United States to complete her education. Jeon, who will play a movement from Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, studies in Greenville at Wade Hampton High School for her regular subjects and the Fine Arts Center for her music study.

Three other works round out the program. The performance opens with “Emperor Waltz” by Johann Strauss Jr., a fun “dance” piece for orchestra, followed by the delicate beauty of Maurice Ravel’s “Pavane.” Jeon and Hawkey perform their pieces before and after the intermission, respectively, while Edvard Grieg’s rousing “In Autumn” completes the evening.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and are available for purchase online at www.clemson.edu/Brooks and through the box office at 864-656-7787 from 1 to 5 p.m, Monday-Friday.

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