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GENERAL MOTORS & SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE CO-SPONSOR NATIONAL CONCERTO COMPETITION FOR NATION'S TOP YOUNG TALENT

 NEW YORK, March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The General Motors & SEVENTEEN Magazine National Concerto Competition, the only national music competition specifically designed for high school students, is an event committed to recognizing America's finest young musicians and will take place from March 3-9 at the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Mich. This is the 12th year SEVENTEEN and General Motors have sponsored the competition.
 While the federal government and foundations have decreased spending allocations for the Arts, The General Motors & SEVENTEEN Magazine National Concerto Competition has become a model example of corporations cross-leveraging their commitment to support the Arts. General Motors, SEVENTEEN, Interlochen and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra are dedicated to nurturing young musical talent and the creative process in this country.
 According to Janice Grossman, publisher of SEVENTEEN, "The General Motors & SEVENTEEN Magazine National Concerto Competition is an extraordinary example of two major corporations forming a partnership and together over 11 years acting as a true catalyst for the Arts."
 The six-day event will include a total of 30 contestants from across the country who will compete in four instrumental categories: piano, violin, cello and woodwind (flute, clarinet, trumpet). The winner in each instrumental category will receive a $5,000 scholarship and this year a grand prize winner, chosen from among the four category winners, will receive an additional $5,000 scholarship along with a solo performance with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
 Shirley Young, vice-president of Consumer Market Development at General Motors, believes the Concerto Competition is a prototype for the non-profit world of the future. "When corporations combine their altruistic visions and business goals, everyone benefits. Not only are we working more efficiently from a bottom-line perspective, but we are also encouraging excellence in our nation's youth, and each year helping youngsters launch promising careers in music."
 SEVENTEEN Magazine is published monthly by K-III Magazine Corporation.
 1993 Tape Audition Winners
 PIANO
 Xiao-Jing Chang Austin, Texas
 Alison Kim Setauket, New York
 Katherine Lee Northbrook, Illinois
 Julia Rozenfeld San Francisco, California
 Andrew Russo Manilus, New York
 Peter Savitsky Durham, North Carolina
 Natsuki Yoshioka Japan
 VIOLIN
 James Ehnes Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
 Timothy Fain Santa Monica, California
 Colin Jacobsen Great Neck, New York
 Noa Kageyam Marysville, Ohio
 Mona Knock Chicago, Illinois
 Catherine Ro Sunnyvale, California
 Amy Schwartz Greenville, North Carolina
 CELLO
 Kathleen Balfe Sunnyvale, California
 Stephen Cho East Setauket, New York
 Felix Fan La Jolla, California
 Clancy Newman Albany, New York
 Timothy Park Brookville, New York
 Emily Sinclair Brooklyn, New York
 Caroline Stinson Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
 WIND
 Michael Bepko Houston, Texas
 Mandy DeFilipp Stamford, Connecticut
 Gregory Jefferson Pasadena, California
 Chi-Ju Lai Hong Kong
 Alicia McQuerrey Charleston, West Virginia
 Kevin Smith Stevens Point, Wisconsin
 Steven Van Gulik Nepean, Ontario, Canada
 Benjamin Wright Evansville, Indiana
 Jane Yi Brooklyn, New York
 SELECTED QUOTES
 "I congratulate not only the winners of this fine competition, but indeed all of the participants, who are passing through the important teenage years when character is molded and values are confirmed. It is my earnest hope that great music will be a beacon for them in their quest for strength of body, mind and spirit."
 - Van Cliburn
 "The National Concerto Competition is a wonderful opportunity and an invaluable experience for all the participants, and Interlochen is the perfect place to stage this event because of its rich history of providing a wide variety of educational experiences for young musicians. I am delighted that this competition continues to thrive under the ongoing sponsorship of SEVENTEEN Magazine and General Motors, who have set an extraordinary example of a successful partnership between the business community and the arts. Congratulations to all!"
 - Itzhak Perlman
 "I'm pleased to be a part of the National Concerto Competition which is part of a very much needed commitment to developing young American musicians. General Motors is a strong supporter of our orchestra, and I am also pleased that the competition is hosted at Interlochen, where we also have a wonderful working relationship."
 - Neeme Jarvi
 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
 Saturday, March 6
 Full Recital Performances
 Sunday, March 7
 Four Finalists Selected Concerto Performances
 Monday, March 8
 Finals Concert. Four Finalists Perform Full Concerto
 with IAA Orchestra. Awards Ceremonies.
 AWARDS DETAILS:
 An all-expense paid trip to the finals at Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, Michigan was awarded to 30 Tape Audition Winners (seven in piano, violin and cello categories; nine in wind).
 A $5,000 scholarship from General Motors, for further enrichment in musical studies will be awarded to one winner in each of the four instrumental categories.
 A solo performance with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and an additional $5,000 will be awarded to one grand prize winner selected from among the four finalists (one from each instrumental category).
 An American Music Performance Award will be given to the one contestant for each category who performance of an American work is deemed the best by that category's panel of judges. Contestants receiving this award need not be a finalist.
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 /NOTE: Interviews with contestants, Interlochen representatives, GM officials, etc. may be arranged through Patti DeAgostino at Interlochen, 616-276-7601.
 CONTACT: Caitlin Meehan of SEVENTEEN, 212-407-9880; John Maciarz of General Motors, 313-556-2034; or Patti DeAgostino of Interlochen, 616-276-7601/
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