March 25, 2006
Vale Rideout Wins Savannah Music Festival's 2006 American Traditions Competition
Vale Rideout takes home American Traditions gold

Doug Wyatt
For the Savannah Morning News

Clutching a gold medal as applause cascaded around him, Vale Rideout won the American Traditions competition for vocalists Friday night at the Lucas Theatre.

Rideout, a tenor from New York City, took the first prize, and $10,000, with a spirited program of "Come Up From the Fields, Father,'' Kurt Weill's setting of Walt Whitman's anti-war poem; "Maria" from "West Side Story'' and "Bargaining,'' from the Richard
Rodgers/Stephen Sondheim musical "Do I Hear a Waltz?"

"I am shocked," said Rideout after his win. "It's a real highlight of my career. I'm going to tell my friends about Savannah, tell them all that they need to come down and experience this place. I hope I can come back myself sometime and watch the competition again."
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