Each year, Brevard Music Center’s Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium is the site of a free concert that starts at 7:00 p.m. on a Sunday evening and does not finish until well after 10:00 p.m. It is the finals for the concerto competition. The four winners return two weeks later to perform at the Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Concert.
The final competition this year featured thirteen young student musicians, each performing a single movement (or in one case a short concerto). A collaborative pianist plays a piano reduction of the orchestral accompaniment for both the preliminaries (judged by the BMC faculty) and the finals (judged this year by Jere Flint, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra cellist and conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra). At the “Soloists of Tomorrow” July 29 concert, the four winners will perform their concertos again, but this time accompanied by the BMC Orchestra.