IVCI in final phase: Six finalists announced 

Tonight (Sept. 22) begins the final phase of the Eighth Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis' two-week marathon. The six finalists have been announced: Andrey Baranov, 24, Russia; Antal Szalai, 29, Hungary; Clara Jumi-Kang, 22, Germany/S. Korea; Benjamin Beilman, 20, U.S.; Haoming Xie, 20, China; Soyoung Yoon, 25, S. Korea. The finals are divided into two sections: Tonight and tomorrow night (Wednesday and Thursday) we have the Classical Finals, held at the ChristelDeHaan Fine Arts Center. Samuel Wong conducts the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for three of the six finalists each evening. The repertoire will be each finalist's choice of the five Mozart Violin Concertos or the C Major Haydn Concerto, a work added in 2006. Then, this Friday the entire complement will relocate to the Hilbert Circle Theatre for the "post-1800" Finals, Friday and Saturday, also with three finalists each evening. (There is no official name for this Finals. "Post-1800" defines the Romantic and Modern-period concerto repertoire for each finalist to select among a great many choices.) Following Saturday's concerto concert and after the computer tallies each juror's input, the finalist rankings — i.e. what we've all been waiting for — will be announced from the Circle stage. Then we'll learn who among the six becomes the gold medalist, the silver medalist, the bronze medalist and the fourth, fifth and sixth-place laureates respectively. These will be celebrated at the Gala Awards Ceremony at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Scottish Rite Cathedral Auditorium.Tickets for both the Classical Finals and the Finals can be purchased online at www.violin.org or by calling the Hilbert Circle Theatre box office at 639-4300.


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