Midwest International Piano Competition Winner Returns to Great Hall for "Surprise" with wcfsymphony

Feb 18, 2015

Instead of disclosing their program in advance, the wcfsymphony shook things up in their “Surprise” concert by presenting a blank program and revealing their musical selections from the stage. The opening work by Ted Hearne was described as a “rambunctious piece…based entirely on a surprise musical trick,” later revealed as his Erasure Scherzo

First place winner Margaryta Golovko smiles to the audience after accepting her award in the inaugural Midwest International Piano Competition.
Credit Roland Ferrie / UNI University Relations

Margaryta Golovko, a Ukrainian pianist and the winner of the 2014 Midwest International Piano Competition, joined the wcfsymphony for “a classic piano concerto,” which turned out to be Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The third and final work was the audience-favorite selection from the wcfsymphony’s concert on April 26, 2014. The audience voted to hear Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, beating out Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scherazade, and Stravinsky’s Firebird.

Exclusive IPR podcast interviews are below with the guest artist and 2014 Midwest International Piano Competition winner, Margaryta Golovko, and artistic director Jason Weinberger, recorded before the wcfsymphony’s November 1, 2014 “Surprise” concert. More information about Margaryta Golokovo can be found here.


Jason Weinberger, conductor

Margaryta Golovko, piano

Ted HEARNE                      Erasure Scherzo

BRAHMS                              Piano Concerto No. 1

SHOSTAKOVICH               Symphony No. 10

(Concert recorded November 1, 2014)