Song of the Brave

The U.S. Army Orchestra and the Winner of its Seventh Annual Metro DC-Area Young Artist Competition Come to the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center April 15

By Annamarya Scaccia

us army orchestraIf nothing else, Jungwook Choo is a prodigy.

The 16-year-old winner of the U.S. Army Orchestra’s seventh annual Metro DC-Area Young Artist Competition, which held its final rounds in March, has been the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra’s principal cello since his sophomore year. Choo, who currently studies with James Lee of the National Symphony Orchestra, also received the National Philharmonic Concerto Competition’s top prize, debuting with the company at the Music Center at Strathmore last winter. And if those two wins aren’t astounding enough, he’s also claimed first place in the Joseph and Goldie Feder Memorial String Competition, the Dorothy Farnham Feier Memorial String Competition, and the senior string division of the 2011 Asian American Music Society International Competition respectively.

It’s an amazing record for such a talented artist, especially one only in his junior year at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virgina. And on Sunday, April 15, his star will only burn brighter when he performs movements 1 and 2 of Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85 with the U.S. Army Orchestra at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Stadium Drive and Rte. 193 in College Park.

Solely produced and presented by the U.S. Army Orchestra, the free Sunday concert, which starts at 4 p.m., will also feature William Grant Still’s Symphony No. 2 (Song of a New Race), Nancy Bloomer Deussen’s Carmel by the Sea, and Bedrich Smetana’s The Moldau. It will be conducted by Major Tod A. Addison and Colonel Thomas H. Palmatier.

For more information, visit http://claricesmithcenter.umd.edu/2010/c/performances/performance?rowid=2881.

The U.S. Army Orchestra

Sunday, April 15

4 p.m.

Free

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall

University of Maryland

Stadium Drive and Rte. 193, College Park, MD 20742

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