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YOUNG MUSICIANS FIND HONOR IN HOME TOWN

January 16, 1992

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It's Honor Recital time again at the Lawrence Arts Center, and this time a professional musician will honor Lawrence with a benefit concert for the program.

David Perry, the young concertmaster of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, will play the violin at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Arts Center, Ninth and Vermont. His program will include the Sonata in A major by Vivaldi; the Sonata in D minor by Brahms; the Ballade for Unaccompanied Violin by Eugene Ysaye and the Polonaise de Concert by Henri Wieniawski.

All music students will be invited to play in the second movement of the Bach Double Concerto at the end of the program.

Just why Perry will be playing Friday has a lot to do with Rita Sloan, a Lawrence concert pianist and one of the recital's organizers. They've performed together several times in Aspen, Colo., and he became available in Kansas when he took the Wichita job last year.

"David Perry was one of my advanced students in chamber music at the Aspen Music Festival,'' said Sloan, who will perform with Perry.

"Very advanced.''

PERRY, WHO was out of town and unavailable for comment, was born in Alton, Ill., and studied at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. He has been a soloist with orchestras in Chicago, St. Louis and New Haven, Conn., and won several prizes, including recognition as a 1985 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

The money earned from the concert will go to benefit the Honor Recital, an annual competition that is judged by musicians from both inside and outside Lawrence. The competition will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the center, and the winners will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 2, again at the center.

"We started it with no money,'' Sloan said. "We got a grant in the first year to pay one judge. We think it's good to get the string and the piano judge from out of town because then they don't know the students. But you're talking a day and a half of judging.''

SLOAN SAID the program is about 5 years old. It began as a competition in dance and drama as well as music, but it evolved into a musical competition whose reward is recognition in a performance. Organizers send mailings out to music teachers in the area, and they work with the music teachers in the Lawrence public schools.

"We all found a need for high school and junior high children to hone their performance skills, in terms of raising the level of ther musical consciousness,'' Sloan said. "It's great to watch and see them get better in front of your eyes. . . . The kids are competing against their own standard of playing.''

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