Tuesday, September 1, 2009

International Hugo Kauder Competition to be held Sept. 11

The Hugo Kauder Society will present its 5th annual International Hugo Kauder Competition from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Neighborhood Music School, 100 Audubon St.
Ten woodwind players including flutists, clarinetists, and oboists, under the age of 35 and of various nationalities, have been selected to perform in front of a distinguished live jury, organizers said.

The musicians will compete for first, second and third place by performing classical music pieces composed by Hugo Kauder, as well as classical, romantic, and contemporary works, organizers said. Cash prizes will be awarded. They will be accompanied on piano by last year’s Piano Competition winner, Ryo Yanagitani. The first prize winner also will receive a concert
opportunity in New York City.
The distinguished Competition judges are Richard Stoltzman of New England Conservatory,
Joanne Baxtresser of Carnegie Mellon University and Doris Goltzer of New York City Opera.
The Prize Winners Concert will begin at 2 p.m. Sept. 12, at Firehouse 12, 45 Crown St.
The Hugo Kauder Society’s mission is to foster awareness and appreciation for the work of
Viennese composer Hugo Kauder (1888-1972), to create opportunities for emerging musicians to
gain wider exposure, and to provide the audience with the unique opportunity to be present at
premieres of Kauder’s musical works, organizers said in a statement. Hugo Kauder came to the United States as a refugee in 1940 and many of his works have not yet been performed publicly. Several pieces performed in this competition will be world or United States premieres, the statement said.
The public is invited to attend the competition, which is free, as well as the Prize Winners
Concert (suggested contribution $10).
For more information, visit www.hugokauder.org.
The members of the Hugo Kauder Society, Inc. Board of Directors are Norman Dee, Helen Kauder, Nina Kauder, Abram Kreeger, Luis Vargas and Siegmund Levarie, emeritus.

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