mso_ho_mowitzRed Bank, N.J. — The Monmouth Symphony Orchestra offers its final concert of the season on May 12, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. in the Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ.  With Principal Conductor Roy Gussman on the podium, the concert will feature the winners of the 2012 Goldwasser Young Artist Concerto Competition.

Named for Michael Goldwasser, the first president of the Monmouth Symphony, the competition attracts the best young musical talent in the state, giving the winners the opportunity to perform a concerto with full orchestra before a live audience.  So impressive was the talent of the contestants in the MSO’s 2012 Young Artist Concerto Competition, that for the first time in the 20-year history of the competition, the judges declared a tie. Eleven-year-old Kingston Ho (Roxbury Township, NJ) will dazzle listeners with his performance of Max Bruch’s popular Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, and seventeen-year-old Zachary Mowitz (Princeton, NJ) will display his brilliant and sensitive playing of Antonin Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B Minor, one of the great works for that instrument. 

Also on the program will be British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams’ English Folk Song Suite. This charming work quotes nine different folk tunes from over 800 the composer collected in his native land. Originally written for military band, it was arranged for orchestra by Vaughan Williams’ student Gordon Jacob.

Prior to the performance, Monmouth Symphony Orchestra bass trombonist and program annotator, Tom Avakian, will interview the soloists.   These pre-concert interviews, always fascinating, provide the audience with context and background and increase their enjoyment and appreciation of the performances.

The concert will take place in the beautifully-renovated Count Basie Theatre, located in the heart of Red Bank, and within walking distance of many fine restaurants, bistros, and eateries.  Tickets to the Monmouth Symphony, followed by dinner at a Red Bank restaurant, would make a perfect outing for Mother’s Day.


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Ticket prices are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors and only $5 for students. For tickets, call the Count Basie Theatre box office at 732-842-9000. To learn more about the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra and their programs, visit their website at

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