Tuesday, November 21, 2023 @ 7:00pm – 10:00pm (EST)
Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall), New York, NY, United States
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Virtual Concert Halls, Sound Espressivo, and Progressive Musicians presents a full-length concert performed by Winners of Laureate Gala Competition at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. During early fall, instrumentalists, vocalists, ensembles, and composers from the USA, Canada, Sweden, Italy, China, France, Germany, and Korea auditioned live on the Virtual Concert Halls (VCHS) virtual stage via the internet for a team of judges, creating a music competition like no other. The auditions streamed live on all major social media platforms. The winners will perform live with the New York Chamber Players Orchestra (NYCPO), under the direction of Maestro Giacomo Franci, who was one of the judges for the competition.


The concert will premiere two new compositions: Hey Doctor for voice and strings written by Swedish composer and performer Sophie Dunér; the composer will perform the work with the NYCPO. Longing for voice and orchestra by Atlanta based Lowe Finney will be performed by Stacey Stofferahn, soprano, with the NYCPO.

Featured guest artist Maurizio Mastrinì from Italy: Maurizio is a crossover pianist and composer of classical/pop with wide popularity in Italy and Europe. He will perform five of his own compositions with NYCPO. An Italian TV crew is following him to Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall to create a documentary about his travels and concerts in NY. His compositions are a link between the traditional standards of music and the new Contemporary Classical Music.

"Maurizio Mastrini is a genius!" – Michele Cucuzza, RAI journalist

"Mastrini represents one of the best international music talents." – Fabrizio Frizzi, RAI TV presenter

Five students with Autism who gained the ability to play piano will perform various keyboard works on stage using Lee Stockner’s revolutionary approach to teaching music.

Mr. Stockner is the President of Adaptive Learning for the World Piano Teachers Association and the author of Occupational Octaves Piano™ (a 300+ page classical piano curriculum written in the adaptive language he invented). Lee’s methods are used by piano teachers, music therapists, occupational therapists, recreation therapists, special educators, and other related professionals around the world.

A complete list of the winners of the competition is available at soundespressivocompetition.com.

A new way to showcase talent: Virtual Concert Halls (VCHS) was created in 2019 by musicians, composers, and conductors who realized the power of connection via the Internet. As global bandwidth increased, high quality video and music could be streamed as live Internet TV from many countries. This made festivals, recitals, and inclusive competitions possible. Now with the technology available through the VCHS platform, a truly international competition is possible with little cost or lengthy travel to the musician for auditions. The result: A juried showcase for emerging talent from around the world made available FREE to audiences on social media. The VCHS platform provides a virtual stage that everyone can enjoy, and this Gala adds another level of exposure for the winners.

About Sophie Dunér, voice

Sophie Dunér is a singer and composer with roots in jazz. Originally from Sweden, she travels and performs internationally as her blend of jazz, world, and contemporary classical writing receives demand worldwide – from the infamous CBGBs in NYC to Buenos Aires Festival de Música Contemporánea La Plata to Festival O/Modernt in Sweden.


Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall)

881 7th Ave
New York, NY 10019
United States