Hill Auditorium yesterday kicked off the first of three free days of outstanding music and passionate musicians. The annual Concerto Competition Finals allow a prime group of Music School performers, both graduates and undergraduates, to compete against each other in hopes of landing a coveted seat in public recitals later this winter and spring.

Participants perform musical numbers by composers such as Sergei Rachmaninoff, Aaron Copland and Peter Tchaikovsky before a panel of 12 to 13 judges. After each audition, the judges decide whether or not they would like to see the participant perform his or her piece for a crowd. Each judge may choose as many or as few performers as he or she decides and votes on who continues on. Audiences don’t have a say in who moves forward to the public recitals, but the attentiveness of students and family in the crowd and the sheer intensity of the hopeful students makes it a worthwhile event to explore.

Performances are free and begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

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