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Fundraiser Concert | The National Society of Arts and Letters | Young Artists Classical Music Benefit and Reception

  • Austrian Cultural Forum International Ct NW Washington, DC, 20008 United States (map)

Please join Ambassador Hans Peter Manz as he welcomes young artists from the Washington DC Chapter of The National Society of Arts and Letters.  A reception with fine Austrian hors d’oeuvres and desserts prepared by Certified Global Master Chef Wilhelm Jonach served with Austrian wine will follow. For over 71 years, The National Society of Arts and Letters has worked to support young artists in launching their careers through scholarships, local and national competitions, master classes, awards programs, and performance opportunities. The Washington DC Chapter of NSAL is proud to introduce to you four brilliant classical music artists who are just beginning to soar.

Classical Guitarist Young Jun Lim was an NSAL Award for Excellence in the Arts recipient and performer at The Kennedy Center. Currently pursuing his bachelors in Classical Guitar Performance at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, he was the winner of the school’s Charlie Byrd Memorial Scholarship in Guitar. Young Jun has won numerous competitions.  He placed first in the Beatty Music Scholarship Competition in the junior division and senior division, ultimately becoming the grand prize winner. 
Soprano Rebecca Hargrove was an NSAL finalist in the Washington DC Chapter’s Shirley Rabb Winston Scholarship in Voice Competition.  She is a current Master of Music student at Mannes College The New School of Music and received her Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory. Her operatic experience includes Suor Angelica and Il Viaggio a Reims with Mannes Opera, Porgy and Bess with Princeton Festival and Dicapo Opera Theatre, Die Zauberflöte and Cendrillon with Siena Music Festival, and William Bolcom's A Wedding with Oberlin Opera Theater. 

Flutist Laura Kaufman placed first in the NSAL Washington DC Chapter’s 2014 Woodwind Competition. Hailed by the Washington Post for "absolutely gorgeous flute-playing," Laura has given recitals across the country and performed with the National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, and New World Symphony. She has won numerous prizes in solo competitions, including the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition. Laura is the flutist for Maryland-based District5, a wind quintet dedicated to innovatively presenting classical music.
Tenor Ryan Slattery was a standout in the NSAL Classical Voice Master Class. His first musical stage experience was at the tender age of nine when he performed in as Amahl in his first opera, Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. Since then, he has performed in the Winner’s Concert at The Kennedy Center after placing first in the Asian American Music Society Competition. He placed second in The National Association of Teachers of Singing competition, and was a featured tenor in the song Welcome as a Child of God on David Haas’ liturgical CD.  Ryan also performed as part of the Honors Performance Series, a 300-person choir spectacular at Carnegie Hall.  
Piano Accompanist Frank Conlon is an adjunct professor at George Washington University and teaches at the Levine School of Music. He has performed at most concert halls in the Washington area as well as in many different cities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, India, and Japan.  He is also a former NSAL competition winner.
Host Jessica Hansen is a stage and television actress, NPR voice-over talent, and co-founder and executive director of Lean & Hungry Theater, which creates audio adaptations of Shakespeare and other classics. Jessica has performed Guest Star roles on NBC’s Parks & Recreation and HBO’s Veep, working with Amy Poehler and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, respectively.

Photo: Tenor Ryan Slattery, Classical Guitarist Young Jun Lim, Flutist Laura Kaufman, Host Jessica Hansen, Piano Accompanist Frank Conlon, Soprano Rebecca Hargrove.
The National Society of Arts and Letters ǀ Washington DC Chapter
When: April 10, 2015 | 7:30 pm
Dress: Cocktail attire
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum | 3524 International Court NW | Washington, DC 20008
Parking: Street parking available
Tickets: $75 | Please register at