27 June 2017

When his turn came, Berensohn boldly stepped in front of the stage and announced, “If you only give me 30 seconds, you won’t see me move because I stand still for the first three minutes.” Tudor lowered his newspaper. Berensohn explained that he used the first three minutes to listen to the music. Graham then asked about the title, and Berensohn won the panel over completely with his reply: “In Memoriam: Kathleen Ferrier.” Ferrier, an English contralto who had recently passed away, was much beloved in the arts community. Impressed that the young Berensohn would have reference to such an artist, the judges watched more than 30 seconds of his piece.

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