(March 26, 2012 )

College hosts John Shenaut Memorial Concert

SHREVEPORT, LA — The Nena Wideman Competition will present a concert on Friday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Anderson Auditorium. A reception hosted by the Shreveport Symphony Women's Guild will follow in the historic Symphony House.

John-Henry Crawford
John-Henry Crawford

The concert will feature two students from the renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. The 2012 Wideman Piano Gold Medalist Yue Chu and nineteen-year-old cellist, John-Henry Crawford, will perform sonatas by Beethoven, Grieg, and Martinu as well as Chopin's "Introduction and Polonaise Brillante."

Yue Chu

John-Henry Crawford gave his solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra this fall. The Philadelphia Inquirer said that Crawford "projected charisma and a singing sound." He has been featured on National Public Radio's "From the Top" twice and given concerts in 13 states and Canada. Crawford has soloed with six orchestras and has won numerous competitions. Recently, he performed at Boston's French Cultural Museum in a chamber music concert with Malcolm Lowe, Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony. Crawford began cello lessons at age 5, attending Centenary Suzuki School.

Yue Chu won the Wideman International Piano Competition in February. As a prize winner, he will give concerts in Washington, D.C., at the Phillips Collection and in Chicago with the Dame Myra Hess series. Chu has degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music. He has performed with the Calgary Philharmonic and New England Conservatory Orchestra and has appeared at Chicago's Ravinia Festival and the Perlman Program.

The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia has an acceptance rate of only 4 percent. The Institute is the most selective college-level institution in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Report.

The concert is given in memory of Shreveport Symphony Founding Conductor John Shenaut. Shenaut was instrumental in finding and encouraging young talent.