Orchestral Concert Featuring Young Artist Winner, Student Composition | News
The Hastings Symphony Orchestra Young Artists and Youth Concert on Sunday features Hastings College student Maria Pytlik, who was selected as the winner of the Young Artists Competition held earlier this year.
The symphony will perform a piece composed by student Benjamin Howie.
The concert begins at 3 p.m. at the Masonic Center Auditorium, 411 N. Hastings Ave. Tickets are available at the door and all students are admitted free.
HSO’s biennial Young Artist Competition held for Hastings College students saw four music majors compete – Kendall Greene (alto saxophone) of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Howie (piano) from Hastings; Karl Ludwig (tenor saxophone) from La Junta, Colorado; and Pytlik (trumpet) by Brainard. The judges for the competition were Timothy Farrell and Mirim Kim, members of the music faculty at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
“All four had wonderful performances, and the judges said they were impressed with the talent on display,” said Byron Jensen, professor of music at Hastings College and director of HSO. “Maria was selected as the winner, and the piece she will perform with the symphony is an energetic and popular piece.”
Pytlik, a sophomore majoring in Music Education and Trumpet Performance, will perform Alexander Arutunian’s “Trumpet Concerto” with the HSO. This concerto is famous for its bravado and intensity, Jensen said.
Pytlik started playing the trumpet at age 5 and began taking lessons with Brad Obbink at Lincoln a few years later. During the decade of working with Obbink, Pytlik said, she pushed herself to be a better musician and played solos at the Catholic Social Services Trumpet Fest and volunteered as a designated bugler for the Brainard American. Legion.
She received the Nebraska Young Artist Award and was consecutively third, second and first chair trumpet in the Nebraska All-State Band. She was also a finalist in the 2020 Lincoln Municipal Band John Shildneck Young Artist Competition.
At Hastings College, she took lessons from Louie Eckhardt, assistant professor of music and band director, and was first president of the Hastings College Band, and first and fourth assistant president of the HSO.
HSO will also present a world premiere composed by Howie entitled “Dark Intentions”. Howie, a senior music student, adds a quote from Mark Twain: “Everyone has a moon, and has a dark side that they never show to anyone.”
The piece mixes ideas taken from works by other composers (all in the public domain), including the famous “Dies irae” heard in the requiem masses. It ends with an uplifting hymn.
Jensen said the HSO’s program for this concert also includes Antonin Dvoark’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, commonly referred to as “From the New World”.