April 16, 2012

HSO season finale features Concerto Competition winners

Matthew Lochner and Malinda McPherson Photo: David Friedlander

The Hopkins Symphony Orchestra will perform its season finale concert on Sunday, April 22. In addition to the monumental Symphony No. 1 by Johannes Brahms, the concert will feature performances by two Johns Hopkins undergraduates who are the co-winners of the 2012 Hopkins Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Matthew Lochner will perform Camille Saint-Saens’ Piano Concerto No. 2, and Malinda McPherson will perform the Concerto for Viola and Orchestra by William Walton.

Lochner is a freshman majoring in philosophy who studies at the Peabody Conservatory with Sheng-Yuan Kuan. McPherson is a sophomore majoring in cognitive science. She is a member of the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra and studies with Victoria Chiang of the Peabody Institute.

The competition was created by 2008 alumnus Hernan del Aguila to give Johns Hopkins students not majoring in music a chance to further their musical studies, gain experience in preparing and auditioning for professional musicians, and receive public recognition for their work.