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Burbank Phil honors young artists

February 18, 2011|By David Laurell

Two beautiful and talented young women who have already made their mark on the world did the same in Burbank this past week by taking top honors in the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra and Hennings-Fischer Foundation’s 10th annual Young Artists’ Competition Finals held at Forest Lawn’s Hall of Liberty in the Hollywood Hills.

Flutist Maia Perduca Shipman, who was a regular performer at Argentina’s birthplace of the tango — the Café de los Angelitos, and sorprano Jacquelynne Fontaine, a former Miss California who Italian opera critics hailed as being: “elegantissima, piena di passion” (full of passion), edged out a field of eight vocalists and instrumentalists to earn an invitation to perform as featured artists with the Burbank Phil during its 2011 season.

A native of Buenos Aires, Shipman received her degree from the most prestigious music conservatory in her country — the National Conservatory of Music Lopez Buchardo. The recipient of multiple awards from the Mozarteum International Foundation for grants to study abroad, she was part of an all-female quartet that played nightly at Argentina’s famous Café de los Angelitos that was made famous by, singer, songwriter and actor, Carlos Gardel who is considered by many to be the most prominent figure in the history of tango.

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Fontaine, a Southern California native who was crowned Miss California in 2006, went on to place in the top 10 at the 2007 Miss America Pageant where she also won the talent award for her performance of Puccini’s “Vissi d’arte.” She recently completed her second year of doctoral studies at the Thornton School of Music and gained fame in Viterbo, Italy for her passionate performance of Donna Anna in “Don Giovanni.” Here in the states she has performed with numerous symphony orchestras including Southern California’s South Coast Symphony and the Conejo Pops.

Established in 2001, the Hennings-Fischer Foundation is the legacy of violinist and teacher, Noumi Fischer and his wife, fellow violinist and teacher, Audrey Hennings Fischer. The foundation perpetuates the goals of musical tradition and excellence.

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