February 11, 2005
Jean and Colin Fergus are Sponsoring VASSILY PRIMAKOV, pianist, at the Lane Series, UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, Vermont

Russian pianist VASSILY PRIMAKOV won First Prize in the 2002 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. "Primakov is a pianist of remarkable insight. In the music of Brahms, he has perfect instinct for knowing when to assert strong personality and when to be introspective. In Schumann's Carnaval, he convincingly created a ballroom crowded with fascinating characters, and he played Rachmaninoff’s Piano Sonata No. 2 with power and lyricism. He is an extraordinarily promising pianist.
— STAR-TELEGRAM (Fort Worth, Texas)
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Masters Concert I
October 23, 2004, 8:00pm
Musically Speaking at 7:00pm

at The Flynn Center (Burlington VT)

Conducted by: Jaime Laredo and Robert De Cormier

• Margo Tatgenhorst Drakos, cello
• The VSO Chorus
• Hyunah Yu, soprano
• Mary Westbrook-Geha, alto
• William Hite, tenor
• Mark Andrew Cleveland, bass

"The Choir" by David Ludwig
*** (World Premiere Commission) ***
Concerto for 'Cello and Orchestra by David Ludwig
*** (World Premiere Commission) ***
Symphony No. 9, "Choral" by Beethoven

Sponsored by:
Bravo Society: Jean Marie Hardacre-Fergus & Colin Fergus
                           Malcolm & Gladys Severance
Schoenberg & Associates, Hawthorn Suites, Willie Racine's
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May 25th, 2004 - 8pm
Fergus Partnership Consulting presents Mordecai Shehori, pianist, in concert at Alice Tully Hall.

Mordecai Shehori, an Israeli pianist who lives and teaches in New York, has built an enthusiastic following over the past 25 years, largely on the basis of a Romantic interpretive sensibility rooted in the early decades of the 20th century. The New York Times has called him a “poet and a daredevil”. His “fiery display of muscle with poetic undercurrents remind listeners that there is art within this muscular gymnastic contours.”
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May 14th, 2004 - 8pm
Jean and Colin Fergus Sponsor "Ethel", America's Hippest String Quartet at The Flynn Center for the
Performing Arts, Burlington, Vermont.

"Ethel creates a world in which classical music is as fresh and direct as crowds dancing in the street." (Wall Street Journal)
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February 18, 2004 - 7:30pm
Jean and Colin Fergus Sponsor Markus Groh, pianist, at the Lane Series, UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, Vermont

“Since winning the 1995 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels (the first German in the competitor’s history), Markus Groh has confirmed his position in the top echelon of the new generation of pianists. The New York Times said of his recent debut at the Frick Collection in New York, “[Mr. Groh] gave a superb recital … among the more remarkable qualities of his playing was the degree to which he gave each composer a distinctive voice [Beethoven, Brahms, Schoenberg, Adès, Liszt].”
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January 20th, 2004, New York, NY
Fergus Prize is awarded to Russian pianist.

Alexandre Pirojenko, a 24-year-old Russian pianist, is awarded the Fergus Prize ($5,000), as winner of the 2004 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. A separate award of the Fergus Orchestra Soloist Prize ($1,000) is to be awarded later this year.
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January 24, 2003, New York, NY
Four First Prize Winners Chosen at 2003 Young Concert Artists International Auditions
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