IN CONCERT: Montgomery Symphony Orchestra and Maya Buchanan, 2018 Blount-Slawson Young Artist Competition Winner

By Dawson Sellers

For over 35 years, the Montgomery Symphony  League has held a concerto competition for pre-college instrumentalists where the winner receives not only a large monetary prize to help secure the continuance of their music education, but the opportunity  to appear as a guest  artist in the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra’s final concert of their Classical Concert Series.

With the combined efforts and help of the Blount Foundation, the Guice Slawson Family, the enthusiasm of numerous  Symphony League volunteers, as well as the partnership of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and National Public Radio’s award-winning “From the Top”, what has become known as the Blount-Slawson Young Artist Competition has grown from a local event, with a dozen contestants competing for a few hundred dollars, to a national competition, where 70-80 young musicians compete for nearly $17,000 to help further their musical career.

This year, we congratulate Ms. Maya Buchanan for her outstanding performance of Erich Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 35.  Ms. Buchanan, who hails from the Black Hills of South Dakota, is no stranger to winning national competitions or playing with symphony orchestras. In 2015, Maya became the only American violinist to be awarded a top prize at the Johansen International Competition held in Washington D.C.  In 2016 she became the 2nd Place Laureate of the Stradivarius International Violin Competition in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Most recently, before winning the Blount-Slawson Young Artist Competition, Ms. Buchanan was named winner at the 2017 Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition.

On Monday, April 30, 2018 at 7:30 pm, the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra is very pleased to welcome Ms. Maya Anjali Buchanan to the stage of the Davis Theatre in Downtown Montgomery.  Featuring Ms. Buchanan’s multi-award winning Korngold Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 35, as well as Lachian Dances by Leoš Janáček and Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 in G Major, op. 88, a season closing concert that you will not want to miss!

For more information on programming, seating and ticket purchases, the Blount-Slawson Young Artist Competition, the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, or any other programs of the Montgomery Symphony Association, please visit or call the Symphony  Office at 334-240-4004.

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