Young Artists Concert at OU

Oakland University Presents 20th Annual Young Artists Concert

At 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 12, four of OU’s most promising music students will perform with the Oakland Symphony Orchestra (OSO) in the 20th Annual David Daniels Young Artists Concert. They are the winners of the 2016-2017 Oakland University Concerto Competition.

obert Schneeweis, Timothy Brown, Shannon Watts and Risto Tevdoski

obert Schneeweis, Timothy Brown, Shannon Watts and Risto Tevdoski

Professor Gregory Cunningham, who is one of the competition’s judges and the conductor of the OSO said, “The concerto competition is always fiercely contested and all of this year’s finalists demonstrated great maturity, poise and artistry.”

The program will include: Timothy Brown singing “Ain’t Necessarily So” from Porgy and Bess – George Gershwin; Robert Schneeweis performing Piano Concerto in G major, I. Allegramente – Maurice Ravel; Risto Tevdoski performing Introduction, Theme and Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra – Gioachino Rossini; and Shannon Watts singing “Una voce poco fa” from Il barbiere di Siviglia – Rossini.

The OSO, Oakland University’s orchestra-in-residence, will also perform Hymn to the Sun by Kevin Puts and Concerto for Orchestra by Witold Lutosławski.

The OSO has a proud tradition of excellence dating back to 1976 and it continues to provide Southeast Michigan with outstanding performances of the finest symphonic repertoire. The orchestra is under the direction of Professor Gregory Cunningham who is also director of bands, conductor of the Oakland University Wind Symphony, and professor of orchestral/wind conducting.

The concert is in Varner Recital Hall. Tickets are $20, or $10 for students.

Varner Recital Hall is located on the Oakland University campus at 371 Varner Drive. Maps of the campus are available at Ample free parking will be available in lots 24 and 26.

Tickets may be purchased online without service fees at StarTickets.

or by phone at (800) 585-3737. They can also be purchased at the Varner Box Office on OU’s campus. Tickets ordered online or by phone can be picked up at the box office one hour before the performance begins.

Directions and complete ticket information are available at tickets.

For more information about Oakland University Music, Theatre and Dance programs and performances, call (248) 370-2030 or visit

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